A Message from Our President, Cynthia Finley

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

I pray that every need will be met. Our God is able to multiply every gift. Praise His wonderful Name.

— Nina S., CA

God is so good to allow me to have a part of Christian Aid’s ministry in reaching out to so many who are sharing Christ, touching lives, meeting needs and being faithful servants of our blessed Lord and Savior!

— Joy M., NE

So many needs! I’d like to meet them all. I am most moved to help aid income-generating businesses. Thank you for all you do!

— Janet Y., NY

From Our President

REMEMBER THEIR CHAINS

May 2018

Dear

Persecution is a fact of life for nearly all of the indigenous ministries we assist.

A ministry leader from South Asia recently told us that an average of two workers with his ministry are attacked or arrested per day. Sometimes, they are badly beaten or brutalized.

And yet, in this heightened climate of persecution, the kingdom of God is rapidly growing—as it does wherever persecution is strong.

I cannot recall a single time when the leader of a ministry we assist has asked us to pray that persecution would stop... how then should we pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer for their faith?

How Your Prayers Encourage the Persecuted

“We began ministering in this area some 15 years ago and experienced every kind of hindrance possible. They were harsh to our children and attacked us in all sorts of ways,” wrote the leader of an indigenous ministry in Turkey. “We greatly appreciated the messages we received from you saying, ‘We are with you in our prayers.’ This encouraged us and provided unseen protection because God heard your prayers. No matter how much persecution we suffered, there was still spiritual growth, and now there is a second church...established by our Lord in response to your prayers and support. There are also two home fellowships starting to meet.”

How should we pray for our persecuted family of faith? That they would experience His peace that surpasses all understanding, that they would know the fullness of His joy, that they would maintain hope, and that they would cling ever more closely to Christ in difficult circumstances.

These servants of the Lord are very much alone in their communities, where the overwhelming majority of people are against them. Our prayers and financial support for their needs are enormous encouragements to them in the face of constant antagonism, reminding them that they, in fact, are not alone. We are their extended family of faith, and we are with them.

How Your Support Sustains the Persecuted

“Remember my chains,” the Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 4:18. How do we remember the chains of modern-day apostles who bring the gospel to places where it has never before been preached?

Your partnership with Christian Aid Mission means that you are caring for the wives and children of imprisoned pastors in Vietnam and martyred pastors in the Philippines. It means that you are providing shelter and protection for new believers from Islamic tribes in Nigeria as they are discipled and prepared as missionaries to their own people.

It means that you are helping multiple indigenous ministries in the Middle East rescue and relocate persecuted Muslim-background believers who are in imminent danger of death. Your support covers the costs of temporary housing, medical care, food, and transportation.

It means that you are helping believers who’ve been ostracized and rejected by their communities support themselves through small businesses.

When a young, single mother of three from Ghana accepted Christ as Savior, her mother disowned her. And then her landlord began tormenting her, forcing her to move. An indigenous ministry helped her start a small produce business.

“Meanwhile, she is reading through the New Testament,” the ministry leader wrote. “She is fi lled with joy and peace, and singing and praising the Lord all the time. She has led her three children to Christ. She is leading many Muslim women to Christ. And because of her faith, hard work, and new life in Christ, many women look to her as a role model.”

Thank you for your partnership. On an individual level, your prayers and support are encouraging and sustaining specifi c persecuted believers. On a global level, your prayers and support are helping to establish a witness for Christ in every nation. And one day, you will see these witnesses face to face and realize the full impact of your contribution to His eternal kingdom.

Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,

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Cynthia Finley
President

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