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MOMENT IN MISSIONS
COVID-19 AND THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Life in Canada and around the world has changed rapidly with the outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve had to change routines, cancel appointments and work from home. We are no longer able to gather with our church family. Life is different and, for many us, more difficult.
It’s during this time, I believe we can learn so much form our persecuted family.
Isolation is something many persecuted Christians deal with on an ongoing basis. Some are isolated because they’ve been arrested for their faith, others have been cast out of their family because of their decision to follow Jesus. Yet, these believers have learned to thrive in isolation.
This past week, many of us had our church services canceled for the first time in our lives. We had to find ways to gather in our homes or online. Yet, because of restrictions on free expression of faith, many believers across the globe are required to worship from home or in secret every week.
If there is one thing the persecuted church has taught us, it’s this: during times of hardship or darkness, God’s light in us often can shine the brightest. Their inspiration has moved the Open Doors team to pray for you. We know that you—our supporters and partners—represent many families, churches and ministries across Canada that will bring hope and peace to your communities during this crisis. We are praying that you may know God’s presence and comfort during this time and bring hope to those who don’t know Him.
We are also praying this same prayer over persecuted Christians whose situation will likely worsen during this pandemic. While we are still assessing the full impact, which will vary from country to country, we know that supply shortages and economic downturns will undoubtedly complicate life for some believers in the world’s most difficult places. These believers already face difficulties and danger from militias, extremists or hostile governments. They are often seen as second-class citizens, traitors or infidels.
These believers live in countries with significant outbreaks. History tells us they will have less or no rights to advocate for themselves with police or public officials, less access to basic provisions like medical supplies, and that they will experience more discrimination in receiving emergency aid or human services.
No matter how difficult or complex this scenario becomes, Open Doors is committed to continue serving persecuted Christians during the coronavirus pandemic while taking appropriate caution to not spread COVID-19.
Would you take a few moments today to pray for our persecuted family around the world who are impacted by COVID-19?
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MESSAGE - PASTOR DARREN DRIEDGER
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