When was the last time a mob of angry people came and destroyed your church building? For those of us that live in the west, this is about as normal as having super powers. It’s only something we hear about and see on T.V. However, for believers in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world, persecution is a part of their daily life. When they make the decision to follow Christ and be baptized they are expecting persecution. It is a normal part of their Christian life.
Below is a story and picture of one of our TTI church planters is Asia:
“When I was studying as a TTI student last year, we had been constructing a church building. Meanwhile 150-200 people came there with weapons and they destroyed our church building and beaten us very badly. But I thank God Almighty who delivered us miraculously from that dangerous situation.
After 3 months of this incident many people were added to the church as a result of that particular persecution. After few months I had been giving baptism for new believers, the same opponents came and tried to disrupt the baptism, but I thank God for His faithfulness and protection and God enabled me to baptize 33 people on that day.
Please do pray for us that we may win many more souls in this village.”
Did you catch that? “Many people were added to the church as a result of that particular persecution.”
The thing about persecution is that even though churches, homes, and often even lives are destroyed, the Church (the people of God) grow as a result! It is almost as if persecution acts like a type of fertilizer that causes growth. Why is this so?
When Christians are persecuted two things happen. First, persecution causes those that are not truly committed to Christ to leave. If it is not something they truly believe in, why should they die for it? Second, it causes those true, committed believers to come together and be unified. And when true, committed believers are unified under the name of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, growth is natural.
Please join me in praying James 1:2-4 for our TTI students, church planters, and our brothers and sisters around the world that face persecution daily.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (NASB)
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