The following video was shown in church this morning as a part of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (which is today). I echo our worship pastor in his comment after the video, that I don’t share this with you to make you feel guilty — that perhaps you leave here in the US or in another country that practices religious freedom, and people like Shafia live in persecuted areas. Don’t pity them because they’re persecuted. While no one wishes another brother or sister in Christ to experience such tangible oppression, their faith has been refined by fire and has reached a place that our un-persecuted faith cannot. It reminds me of my time in Africa, visiting some of the poorest (from the world’s standards), yet richest (by God’s standard).
I share this video because it’s a personal reminder that we are not alone in this world. That we as Western Christians are not the only Christians in this world. And especially that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who covet our prayers because while the battle they fight is not merely against flesh and blood, it is still a very real and very tangible war to them. Shafia experiences persecution every day and covets our prayers, our remembrance of her.
Will you join me?