I cannot remember a time of more universal tragedy and confusion as in the past 12 months. Nor do I see its end in sight!
As an online missionary with Global Media Outreach, I receive daily emails from people worldwide who are suffering and desperate. My heart breaks for them. Then we read about fellow believers in prison for their faith, some are tortured and killed. How can we help?
I believe it’s time for the followers of Jesus to seriously fast and pray. In Esther 4:16 the people were asked to pray and fast from food AND water, for three days and nights! How difficult that would be! Truthfully, I’m more of a prayer wimp than a prayer warrior. But the daily news challenges me to strive to become obedient to God’s call to pray.
Moreover, many of us can also give. I prefer supporting member organizations of ECFA, the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. Here are a few worthwhile ministries–and there are many more:
China Aid: ChinaAid
Global Media Outreach: http://www.globalmediaoutreach.com/
Open Doors: https://www.opendoors.org/
Samaritans Purse: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
Voice of the Martyrs: http://www.persecution.com/
Liana Wendy Howarth at https:/ /poetrycottage.wordpress.com/ is a poet/songwriter who resides in Australia. She asked if I would put music to some of her work. Here is one I recorded that focuses on praying for those in extreme hardship.
Listen to PLEASE HUG THEM:
- Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. Esther 4:16
- And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18