Children are vulnerable anywhere in the world, but in a region where it can be dangerous just to follow Christ, life can indeed be fragile for them. In a town in Central Asia, the church meets as a home group, holding meetings every Sunday and holding weekly Russian and English language studies for children of believers and also for local Muslim children. These lessons offer good opportunities to reach their hearts with the Gospel.
Recently an English teacher at a local secondary school found out that her pupils visited the Russian and English language study at this home church. She accused the children and threated them, declaring that if they visited the lessons again, she would inform the police and school director, the children would be expelled from school and the believers would be arrested. She also accused the believers and the leader of the home church of being extremists. This accusation was very intimidating for the people in the town. The children were especially frightened by her threats.
Shortly thereafter, the pastor and deacons from another city came to that town to hold the May 1 Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration, where only two parishioners attended; people were afraid of being arrested. Please pray for the children who are willing to attend the meetings but are prevented because the enemy of souls is creating obstacles for them. Pray also for teachers in that school to be kind and tolerant of believers’ children. Even in the midst of these threats, the Christians ask us to pray for openness to the Gospel in their town.
Father, we do pray for these children, precious in Your sight—and in ours. Protect their hearts from false messages that the enemy of their souls would use to turn them from the truth, from Your presence. Thank You for the desire for Your Word that You have placed in their hearts. We pray for wisdom and discernment for the leaders of the home group as they consider how to lead Your people in knowing when to speak out boldly and when to speak through the strength of quiet humility and compassion. And most of all we pray that the message of the Gospel would fall on hearts and minds that have been prepared by Your Holy Spirit to respond in repentance unto faith. In the name of Jesus, who said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Amen.