As you few and faithful followers know, I have a weekly post on Wednesday that includes a worship video, lyrics to the selected song, and some of my own personal thoughts on the song and why it touches my heart. Well, another issue has been pressing on my heart for the last week or two with increasing weight: the persecuted church. So, beginning this Monday, I’ll be adding a post each week under the category Martyr Mondays (as you can see, I like alliterations). These posts will feature at least one true story of Christians somewhere in the world who are undergoing intense persecution for their faith. I want to post these not only to raise awareness of how widespread this mistreatment is, but also to increase the numbers of people praying for and supporting these faithful followers of Christ. So, I urge you, when you read them, to take some time out of your day to pray for those featured on my blog. Share the post, reblog it, copy details in your journal, bring it up in conversation with your friends and coworkers. This is not about increasing readers of my blog. It’s about being the Church and remembering our brethren who are in chains.
“Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” –Hebrews 13:1-3
Also, I encourage you to check out and get involved with Voice of the Martyrs, a non-profit organization that works with the persecuted church worldwide to both support them and advance the Gospel in the 57 countries wherein it is illegal to be a Christian. Mission Network News is also a good group to check out. So please, keep track of these weekly posts and make it a point to pray for and, if possible, support our brothers and sisters financially or with letters on their behalf to their governments or with letters of encouragement directly to them. Let’s take action on this!