Towards the end of His life, Jesus warned his disciples to expect persecution. In what must have been one of the most fear-evoking sermons they ever received, Jesus told them that persecution would become their new normal.
But He also promised them this:
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
It is by His promise that those who face the greatest tribulations for their faith in Christ, may also bargain on peace and hope to come to them. These the Lord often delivers through fellow human beings, His gifts to the Body of Christ. Your support has been such gifts of hope and peace to persecuted Christians.
“God bless those who feel for us, those who have received Jesus before us and now stand by our side to help us.”
Ijanada gave birth to her daughter three months later and named her Warasini, meaning, “I never thought I would get back home”.
But the community was not kind to her. They mocked Ijanada and kept her children at a distance. Ijanada is determined to undo their damage, by showering her children with love.
Open Doors trauma care program helps her to be free from bitterness caused by what she has been through.
“I didn’t understand the importance of forgiveness, but now I do, and I have let those feelings go. To everyone who supported this program, I want to say thank you. May God continue to open doors for you. May God continue to grant you wisdom to reach out to many others.”
But the entire family, who don’t trust Protestants, was very angry. Their dad was so angry, he left Hellen, Eden and Dawit, but took their oldest brother with him. He didn’t say goodbye or leave any money to support them.
They were in big trouble. Everyone in their town knew that their mother had become a follower of Christ, so no one wanted to give her work to do. This meant that there was no money. Some days they only had half an injera (flatbread) each to eat!
When Open Doors heard about their situation, your support enabled us to help. We assisted Hellen in starting a small business to provide for herself and the children, and we paid Eden and Dawit’s school fees. The uniforms they are wearing, in the above picture, come straight from your support.
“I thought we were about to die. Thank you for your support. God bless you! There is nothing but peace in my house now. God is blessing my income and I have never had such a treasure before. I cannot thank Him enough.”
In all these circumstances, our brothers and sisters desperately need our prayers:
- Pray that the Lord will strengthen their faith and give them a deep sense of peace and hope.
- Pray that the Lord will provide in their physical and spiritual needs.
- Pray that the Lord will use their testimony to bring others into a relationship with Him, and glorify Himself in their lives and in their churches.
- Pray for Open Doors’ work across the world to glorify God and to be used of Him to strengthen and encourage the Church.
Date published: 08/01/2020
Feature image: www.opendoors.org.za
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