Until He Returns

Dec 27, 2019

Every day, many Christians around the world are facing unimaginable violence, torture, false imprisonment, forced conversion, kidnapping, rape and even death because of their faith. In regions controlled by Islamic extremists, our brothers and sisters are being eradicated through nothing short of genocide.

That’s why I was saddened but not shocked by the headline I read early this morning: Islamic State terrorists kill 11 Christian hostages on Christmas Day.

As believers, we know that until Jesus returns, Christians will be persecuted—and that with increasing intensity. In a challenging passage of Scripture, Paul told Timothy, “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12).

In recent weeks, I’ve shared stories from countries where extremists have targeted Christians during worship services—gunning some down, burning their buildings and kidnapping believers to be tortured, sold into slavery or the sex-trade and worse. Tragically, in many countries the threat increases daily.

But you and I are responsible to do what we can on their behalf. You can partner with Liberty Relief International to that end by . . .

#1 PRAYING for Christians who are suffering violent persecution and imprisonment for their faith in Jesus. When Peter was in prison, the church prayed earnestly for him (Acts 12:5).

#2 GIVING to send urgently needed aid through our Christ-centered partners on the ground who can offer much-needed humanitarian aid such as emergency food, water and safe houses. They can also offer trauma counseling, literacy training and job training for people starting over; restoration assistance to rebuild churches and homes that have been destroyed; and provide Bibles, Bible study materials and discipleship training for new believers.

#3 SHARING these updates with your family, friends and church to raise awareness of the mounting need.

With your help, we can let them know that fellow believers care and are taking action on their behalf “as if we were the ones suffering.”

Will you share a generous, tax-deductible gift today of 50, 75, 100 dollars or more to help minister to the needs of Christians who are suffering violent persecution for their faith all over the world?

Your prayers, generous support, and sharing these updates to bring attention to this need are deeply appreciated. Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.

God bless you,


Mat

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