Published on November 5th, 2014
Recently a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs visited with Syrian pastors and church leaders at a meeting in the Middle East. Some of the church leaders live in Damascus, the capital of Syria. The group began to talk about the story of Ananias from the Book of Acts. (See the previous post about Saul and Ananias in Damascus.)
In the Bible story, Ananias was scared of Saul because he knew that Saul had persecuted and arrested Christians. But Ananias obeyed God. He met and encouraged Saul, who had become a Christian believer.
Needed: More Sauls
The Syrian pastors and leaders at the meeting talked about what they would do if a known persecutor of Christians called their church today and asked to meet with a pastor. What if the caller was a member of a radical Muslim group that has attacked Christians?
“I would be very afraid,” one of the church leaders said.
“What if it was a trap?” said another.
After some discussion, the Syrian Christians said they would be faithful to God. They would meet with the caller and witness for Jesus.
“Our prayer is that as they pray, God will take many more Sauls in Syria and turn them into Pauls who will carry His message to their nation,” said a VOM worker. “Will you join in that prayer?”