When the Bible talks about the “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12, it’s meant to be a powerful encouragement to us to know that the great men and women of faith—Abraham, Moses, Ruth and more—are cheering us on to victory.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
There’s something unique that happens when you know you have a cheering section. It gives you an edge—often at just the right time—to finish well.
We see it in marathon runners who dig deep in the final stretch when they hear the cheers of family, friends and loved ones in the crowd.
But we also see it in the Body of Christ.
And one of the places we see it vividly is within the underground church in North Korea.
These believers are isolated, under surveillance and forced to meet in quiet secrecy. I can’t imagine the pressure they feel and the persecution they endure throughout day-to-day life.
But when they hear about other believers around the world, like you and me, who are praying for them, supporting them—and cheering them on in the faith—it gives them deep, spirit-lifting power to persevere in the Name of Christ.
I want to remind you of how important your role is as an encourager of the church in places like North Korea. And I want to thank you for staying the course and standing with the persecuted.
Because your cheers matter more than you’ll ever know.
It’s a rare opportunity and your words and prayers will mean so much to them.