Published on February 28th, 2020
[Photo: Michaela and Jordan]
The previous post told about Michaela T., a teenager in Oregon who assisted at a VOM Advance Conference in Oregon last fall. Michaela’s sister, Jordan, added some of her thoughts, which you can read below.
Jordan: I am 17 years old and have done an online school at home since kindergarten. The powerful stories [in the IDOP videos] touched my heart, and I wanted to hear more. So I started listening to VOM Radio every week.
I spoke at my mom’s Bible study group about VOM, the persecuted church, and how they could be involved. Then a lady from that group invited me to speak in youth group on IDOP Sunday, and I asked my pastor if my sister and I could show the IDOP video in the service. They both said yes. [The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, IDOP, is observed in November.] All of that happened because of the Lord. When you say yes to God, He works in ways you would never have imagined.
The example of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ has taught me so much about perseverance, boldness, courage, and trust. It has also taught me not to take the freedom that I have for granted. When a Christian in another country risks prison to share his faith, how can I not risk a little awkwardness to share mine?
Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference. If you want to stand with the persecuted church, then I would encourage you to do these three things.
*Pray. One great way to do this is to get the VOM prayer app called Pray Today.
*Spread the word. Many Christians don’t ever think about their persecuted brothers and sisters even though God tells us in the Bible to remember them. [See Hebrews 13:3.] Tell your friends and family members what you are learning about persecuted Christians.
*Give a Bible. Many Christians don’t have a copy of God’s Word. You can provide a Bible for a Christian in a restricted or hostile nation.
To Talk About
Michaela and Jordan shared several ways we can remember the persecuted. Name one way you can “make a difference” for persecuted Christians this week.