I have my default webpage on my personal computer set to “Voice of the Martyrs“. I do this for two reasons:
1 – I need to see this page on a regular basis
2 – I probably wouldn’t navigate there very much if it didn’t come up every time I open my web browser.
Why wouldn’t I go there? Because it can be depressing. They have a little news feed right on the homepage with updates about missionaries being persecuted around the world.
It doesn’t give me the quick, fun distraction of a silly blogpost somewhere. It doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling I get by checking out the latest series by a pastor. It doesn’t give me the self-righteous indignation I tend to fall victim to when I read the news about how messed up our world is.
It just makes me sad.
But it also helps me remember.
It helps me remember that this world is temporary.
And Jesus has overcome the world.
And He left me with a mission.
And it has nothing to do with my bank account or the size of my TV or the number hits I’m getting on my blog.
And that gets me excited.
Here’s the headline I clicked on this morning:
|CHINA – Children Arrested for Attending Bible Study
March 3, 2008
|On February 28, 11 children and two adults were detained by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials while attending a house church Bible study in Qingshuihe township, Xinjiang province.
According to China Aid Association (CAA), “PSB officials disrupted the gathering and detained the minors along with Ms. Fu Jun, 41, owner of the house and Ms. Lu Lanxiang, 42. The children, aged, between 16 – 17 years of age, were brought to the Qingshuihe township PSB office in freezing weather and were not allowed to bring adequate clothing.”
The report added that CAA had confirmed PSB officials had imprisoned the believers under the charge of “illegal religious gathering;” their wellbeing was unknown and their families had been denied visitation.
Christians in China remain faithful despite the Chinese Communist government’s increased persecution leading up to the Olympics later this summer. The Voice of the Martyrs supports believers in China with medical costs, Christmas Care packs for Sunday school children and literature to strengthen believers spiritually. Pray for these courageous children and adults as their faith is tested. Ask God to encourage and protect them. Pray He gives them grace to forgive their persecutors and for the Holy Spirit to draw them into fellowship with Him.
Take five minutes and pray for this situation with me…