The Impact Of Being With Persecuted Christians
Below is a blog from a man named Phil who recently went on an Open Doors trip to minister to persecuted Christians. I hope you are as encouraged as I was by this post!
I am finally back from my mission trip to Kenya and visit to Israel. I was part of a small international team lead by the field office of Open Doors to reach out to the persecuted Christians near the Somalia border where Christians are being persecuted and martyred for their faith. Opens Doors motto is to strengthen what remains where faith cost the most.http://www.opendoorsusa.org/
I was able to see firsthand the LORD is truly doing amazing things in those who are stepping out in faith and putting their trust in HIM. GOD’S love, compassion and grace is being poured out through those willing to serve HIM in some very dark places in and around Somalia. It was truly a privilege to be there and support/stand with followers of JESUS who have suffered so much for HIM.
We met with Susan a young teenage girl from a small village in Sudan who had an amazing story of faith to share with us. She came to faith in JESUS from a teacher at a school she attended. She was very excited to share the Good News with her father.
Her father was outrage to learn of her new faith because he was Moslem along with the entire family and village. He beat and threatened Susan. He then locked her in a room without food and water and told her he would not let her out until she renounced JESUS and returned to Islam. Susan refused and her father was determined to leave her locked in the room to die if necessary.
Her six year old brother secretly dug a hole under the door and provided a small amount of food and water to sustain her. This went on for several months! Susan’s health quickly deteriorated over time and she became extremely weak. Although almost to the point of death she remained faithful to the LORD! At the end her brother realized his sister was dying and told a neighbor who called the police.
Susan was rescued but was in very bad shape. In addition to dehydration and malnutrition, she had developed bed sores from lying on the ground that were infected causing her flesh to rot and the infection spread to her bones. When they tried to pick her up her bones collapsed and fractured requiring extensive treatment.
She was hospitalized for a year and in a body cast when we met her. However this young girl was not angry at her situation or felt any hatred/resentment for her father but was on fire for the LORD! She told us at no time did she ever consider through her ordeal to renounce her faith in JESUS!
When we asked her if she had a prayer request, Susan told us not only to pray for her recovered but more importantly to pray for her father to come to faith and know the LORD!
Through this trip the LORD has taught me so much. There is no limit to HIS love, grace and mercy and that HIS followers can move mountains by stepping out in faith and perserverance. And the power of prayer can accomplish the impossible.