From Our President
Warriors for Christ
Dear Faithful Friends,
We at Christian Aid are blessed to have you as partners in the effort to reach all people groups who have never heard the name of Jesus. Spreading this good news is the work God left us to do until He returns. Thank you for standing with us as we continue to pray for the Body of Christ all over the world.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful (Revelation 17:14).
Brothers and sisters, following Christ means warfare. Through our publications we are making known to you the suffering and victories of the saints. These are real people like you and me who are either caught between battling factions in civil wars, hated for shaming a village spirit, not protected by a nation’s internal security forces, or hunted down for the Word of God and the testimony which they hold.
Indigenous Missionaries Caught in the Crossfire
Believers in the Philippines are suffering from more than the recent typhoon. Christian believers and nonbelievers alike are trying to resume normal life after enduring an Islamic insurgency in Zamboanga City in September of 2013. Two hundred were killed, 100,000 displaced from their homes and 10,000 homes destroyed. The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) attempted a takeover of the southern Philippine island where this city is located. Indigenous missionaries were caught in the crossfire of the conflict between the MNLF and forces of the Republic of the Philippines, but no deaths among believers were reported. Christian Aid’s e-newsletter, Missions Insider, reported on December 13 about the choice missionaries had to make in the face of imminent death. Click here for the full story.
Tragic News in Africa
Last month we reported the savage assault resulting in the death of a beloved young pastor in Samburu County, Kenya. Ezekiel Lenato was returning to his home from a village where he had ministered to a new church when he was assassinated by bandits. Since that news, Christian Aid has learned of another missionary to the Samburu tribe who like Ezekiel was killed.
Christian Aid’s Africa Director also received tragic news from a pastor in Egypt. One of the six people killed in four bombings in Cairo on January 24, 2014, was the brother of a co-worker in a ministry assisted by Christian Aid. The news we received from this pastor and the family of this innocent victim reflected great shock and sorrow. He said the brother, “…died in a very hard way [so] that his face was unknown and they couldn’t tell whose body this was until Saturday. The funeral was today [Sunday] morning. Please pray that God gives him, his family and all of us rest and peace.” (507GED—3/10)
In addition, just one week after the brother in Cairo was killed, a faithful contact in Nigeria sent us this report:
Just last night, four victims of a terrorist group in Nigeria were smuggled to us. They were injured during the Sunday attack and three of them lost their wives and two children . . . Pray for them [and] two terrorists who wanted to withdraw from terrorism and were also attacked by their colleagues. They have accepted Christ and have been brought to us . . . They are very genuine in the cause . . . One of them is ready to go and preach to Muslims after he knows the Bible.
Please pray for the former terrorist who made this statement, that he will reach many Muslims, especially those who have the goal of violently obstructing the spread of Christianity wherever it can. (550MCM—3/28)
Pray for Christians Suffering in Ukraine and Laos
There has also been conflict between the government of Ukraine and protestors, which threatened the ability of Christian ministries to continue long term. Though that situation is in flux at the time of this writing, believers and missionaries there and in the Crimean region of Ukraine need prayer. Tartar Muslims in Crimea are open to the gospel and two ministries assisted by Christian Aid are working among them.
Christian Aid’s Director of Development, Raul Hernandez, reported this week about his recent trip to Laos. Five missionaries he met had been tortured for their faith. They were jailed, stripped naked, and beaten until all parts of their bodies were bloody, then tied to the ground in a splayed position so that insects and rodents could gnaw on them. They lived to tell Raul through an interpreter that they would suffer again rather than deny Christ. A week before Raul got there, another Laotian believer was killed by his neighbors for shaming the village spirit when he was born again by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (730CFL—3/18)
Let’s pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are overcoming in the name of Jesus.
I love you with the love of the Lord and pray for you often, that God would bless you abundantly in every way and that you would grow in the knowledge of Him.
In Christ’s eternal love,
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