Persecution

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"Patience in Suffering"- 7Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. 9Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. "
-James 5:7-11


Are you going through some personal challenges (e.g. social issues) right now? Just remember, you are not alone and please remember others in other parts of the world facing similar or even tougher challenges. Today (Thursday, November 15th of 2007) I (Sal)decided to add more to this topic on "Praying for the Persecuted Church" (November-Month for this type of dedication worldwide. Recently in my local church (Morris, Minnesota), I taught on this topic to our "Sunday School" children. I was going to becareful of this graphic-sensitive issue and was suprised to hear the knowledge of these children. They ended up sharing the graphic description of how Christians are getting killed around the world. I felt like I was "preaching to the choir" (they didn't have to hear this message as they already knew it). What about you? Did you know? I didn't know much about this topic until I met a friend (Poniman from Indonesia-see down below in the very bottom of this site) in college during my sophomore year (1996-1997). I feel it's important to learn this increasing global issue because we ("Americans") are not too far from this being done (e.g. look what happend in Germany before WWII) in our very own backyards.

What is it like being persecuted for being a Christian?

When we become Christians (e.g. Salvation Prayer), we don't fully understand what we got ourself into-we will suffer and get persecuted as followers of Jesus! We "Americans" living in the U.S. can't really understand until we face (e.g. we face some here-e.g. teasing or even physical too-see Pro-Life Demonstration) it by living in other countries as missionaries.

The only type of persecution I face is just verbal abuse, like....

-"Jesus Freak"
-"religious nut"
-"Bible Man"
-"hypocrite"
-"holy"

Most of these words don't sound hurting, but the tone of voice and context of the way people-especially close ones say it. However, as I've grown in my walk with Christ, God has abled me to endure any negative words people say to me.

Christian Martyrs
"Persecution of Christians"

Personal Testimony

Growing-up back in St. Paul, my self-esteem was very low. I got hurt by many words people used to hurt me through racism, physical appearance, or even criticism. Over time as I grown Christ-esteem, I don't let words effect me because of my constant daily devotional of reading His Word. His Word is over whatever people say to me, which determines my identity in Christ!

Physical abuse is another story on persecution as a follower of Jesus. My knowledge of Christians being persecuted didn't start until I became a Christian (see personal testimony) at UMM in 1995. In fact, one of the people that showed met the "Way" was an Indonesian. He would share some resources-sometimes graphic-of the persecution going on in his homeland.

Another was a periodic guest from Kenya, who spoke at my local church and UMM's IVCF one year. He showed his scars in his stomach and leg when he was tortured alive with a machette, thank God his life was spared!

Since then, I've been in constant awareness through media and collection article on this "Christian Life" to help me not forget my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. In fact, God reminds me to continue to pray for the "persecuted church" through various ways:

-articles on websites or any media (like down below)
-music (local church's punk rock band-Children 18:3
-dreams

One time I had this dream, where I saw a group of Koreans getting tortured in some den or dark room. It was soo..vivid, which I started to go on my knees and pray

Currently, it's November 3rd 2003, which I decided to write this because of this being the month of persecution awareness. This is to encourage believers that read this-to thank God for your current circumstance (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) no matter how severe it is. There is always someone out there who is going through a worse or even more severe situation.

*Below in an excerpt of an article I've kept over the years in my disk on "persecution":

"STANDING IN THE GAP" (part of an article-down below)

"Only one power can redeem the course of events, and that is the power of God's people being involved as His instruments on this earth. Believers need to 'stand in the gap' for the persecuted, as well as for the persecutors."

"For every Peter and Paul of the first century, there are millions of Christians facing persecution today," said Madison. "And the best way to stand up for these brothers and sisters in faith is to learn about their plight.

"Without question, sensitizing ourselves to the reality of persecution is the first step toward doing something about it."

"WAYS TO GET INVOLVED"

Madison said that there are many things that American Christians can do to get involved in helping the Suffering Church.

"The first priority is to educate yourself on this urgent issue and then spread the news to others," he said. "It is vital that we know the facts so that we can pray intelligently for those who suffer because of their faith, as well as for those who cause the suffering."

Madison also suggested people could organize efforts in their church or small group. "We can also encourage prisoners and workers on the frontline and become an advocate."

He suggested that concerned Christians can write letters to the editor of their local newspaper or email their congressman and point out the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The website gives specific instructions for undertaking these advocacy efforts.

Madison also suggested that believers use the site to learn how they can "go to the frontline of faith yourself and be a Bible courier or minister first hand on a short-term mission trip."

The site, which can be found at www.opendoorsusa.org also posts a daily devotional inspired by those who have suffered for their faith, plus breaking news stories and prayer requests.

Madison went on to say that Christians in the United States can help by giving financially to strengthen the Body of Christ and they can make a secure online donation through the new website.

*Note: Thu, 03 Feb 00 04:31AM MST From: Assistcomm@cs.com To: "Assist1" Subject: CYBER-WARRIORS-OPEN DOORS USA APPEALS TO AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO BECOME CYBER-WARRIORS ON BEHALF OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH By Dan Wooding

Songs for the Persecuted Church

"Pray for the persecuted Church...they're praying for you....all around the world they're praying for you!-Children 18:3 (punk rock band)
"Let Us Pray...open the flood gates of Heaven.."-Harvest Project for 10/40 Window

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

A friend of mine just asked this deep life popular question the other day that I've heard many times, so I decided to expand more on this topic. Before I came to a personal relationship with God, I didn't know how to handle me stress, pain, or suffering I went through in a day to day basis. I've now learned how to lay all my burdens (worries, struggles, sins, etc..) on the cross mentioned in Matthew 10. I have completely no control over the situations, challenges, or circumstances in life. Also, some/many of them could've been prevented if I made the right or better choice. Now, I have to suffer the consequences of my own actions. What has helped me is reading other people's stories (e.g. current news Hurricane Katrina) of how they overcome their trials in life. Instead of focussing too much on your own situation, look at others or look up to the One that is in control-Jesus!

Articles/Stories

  • Why does God allow suffering?, from someone in the UK

  • PHYSICAL: "Some painful conditions can be alleviated by changes in lifestyle. For instance, changes in diet can sometimes reduce the pain of arthritis. Much back pain can apparently be alleviated by spending some time doing gentle exercise."
    EMOTIONAL: "Once people have been through emotional pain, they can often end up more caring. I was reading some literature by the Christian counsellor Celwyn Hughes about what he believed to be the benefits of suffering once, which said that he discovered that if he asked a general audience how many people had been depressed, a fairly small percentage would put their hands up; but the percentage increased quite substantially when he was talking to an audience of counsellors. (On the other hand, I'm sure that not everyone who becomes a counsellor does it because they're caring. In fact, it could be that depressed people might want to become counsellors so they meet more people they can identify with.) He also said that someone had told him that since his wife died, he seemed to have developed a sensitivity towards others that he hadn't had before."

    What would you do?

    "This is a powerful video and I really hope you take the watch and consider what is presented. As a christian, have you ever wondered what you would do if you were had to answer the ultimate question?"


    Reccomended Resources

    LOCAL

    Concerts

  • Friday, November 5th @7pm 2004 at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood, MN

  • Cost: $4 (donation to One Life Revolution)
    Featuring: Children 18:3 & Sky Harbor Band

    NATION

    Music

  • I Would Die For You, from Mercy Me (christianlyricsonline.com)

  • "My life has never been this clear
    Now I know the reason why I'm here
    You never know why You're alive
    Until you know what you would die for
    I would die for You"

    -Rap/Hip Hop
    Fr. Stan Fortuna - Everybody Got 2 Suffer

    *see Catholic

    Shootings

    -Churches
    "Are you ready to die for your Faith?"

    "Are you really a christian. ref. Matthew 7:13-27"
    -Schools

    Youth

  • Underground, a youth awarness site
  • GLOBAL

    persecution of christians
    " this is a montage of real images of christians around the world who have paid great prices for following Christ. "

    "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."-2 Timothy 3

    Articles

  • "U.S. State Department report says 'religious intolerance remains far too common' around world", CNN September 6, 2000 Web posted at: 9:41 a.m. EDT (1341 GMT)
  • History

    Hear the Warning

    "Take a Journey in History.Travel through Egypt, Roman Empire,The Inquisition,British Empire and Nazism.See how these people persecuted the Jews and what God did to them!"

    Media

    -Television
    Persecution Now 1

    "A Weekly series on persecution around the world"

    Ministires

  • Day of Prayer, for the persecuted church
  • International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Chuch, Nov. 16-"Shatter the Silence!"
  • Open Door USA
  • Shared Hope
  • The Voice of the Martyrs, news of christians persecuted

  • Faces of Persecution

    "This is a video by The Voice of the Martyrs about persecution. So many people today do not realize that persecution of Christians happens every single day, but it does and we need to think about them and pray for them!"
    Faces of Persecution, This video, by Voice of the Martyrs shows the terrible persecutions that some Christians face by militant Islam extremists.
  • World Serve Ministries


  • "This is a video that I hope touches your heart. "

    Movies

  • Eastern Bride

  • The Eastern Bride (part 1)

    "Peter de Jaeger has lived a very blessed life that has been free of religious persecution, until now. While on a business trip to the Middle East, Peter becomes caught in the middle of a family crisis that shows to him the harsh reality that many Christians face, both in the Middle East as well as in the "open" country of China. Peter is about to see firsthand what many Christians in both of these parts of the world must suffer through in order to follow the Lord."
  • "The Passion"

  • Shaky Town Movie


  • "This trailer previews a documentary about how persecution can occur in even the most"

    "When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with [their] teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him]: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep."-Acts 7:54-60

    Testimony

  • Book of Hope continues to speak the truth Posted: 16 October, 2008 (Mission Network News)

  • "International (MNN) ― In one world conflict zone, God has used Book of Hope to turn sorrow into joy.
    The Book of Hope is essentially the entirety of the Gospel message in a book, mainly presented to children. The book has been written in twenty languages, and since its original publication twenty years ago, over 500 million copies have been distributed.
    Recently, a Book of Hope worker in this dangerous region went deep into the jungle, planning to share the book with the villagers there. When the man did not return to the rest of the team, one pastor went out looking for him.
    When the pastor finally found the man, he was horrified. The missionary had been violently mutilated and lay dead beside his empty box of books.
    This was not the end of the story for this Book of Hope team, however. Several months later, a local man came to the same pastor, asking him to explain how he could find Jesus Christ.
    After talking for a while about how the man gained an interest in the Lord, the villager revealed that he had murdered the Book of Hope worker and stolen his books. By the grace of God, he started reading the Book of Hope and began to recognize his need for a Savior. The Lord used one man's death for another man's life, so that both of them will live eternally together with Christ.
    Book of Hope is committed to making sure that thousands more come to the Lord with the aid of the Book of Hope. If you'd like to take part in this exciting ministry, click here."

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    Who Shall Separate Us?
    "A video about persecution in Asia and other parts of the world and what you can do about it.

    All my fellow brethrens in Christ, who has, is, and will be persecuted for their faith. In particular for Burhams, who were missionaries to my parents' homeland-Philippines. On Saturday, July 30th of 2005, I had the privilege to hear Gracia... (wife of deceased missionary that was killed in 2002) speak in person at Bethlehem's Baptist Chruch (north campus)- (spearheaded by Voice of the Martyrs)in Mounds View, MN.

    Dear Gracia,
    I just wanted to say thank you (salmat po-Filipino) for the work you and your husband did in the Philippines. I was praying for you two when my sister, mom, and I were visiting relatives in October 2001 (post 9/11). I was following your story when I went back to the U.S. and it was very uplifting to hear you share in person at the Enduring Faith Conference (V.O.M.) in Minnesota on 7/30/05. My sister and I appreciated your shares as second generation Filipino Americans. Keep enduring in your faith as you help bring ours' and others' faith to another level!

    Salamat po in Christ,
    Sal(vador):)
    Psalm 100
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