Remember those who are in prison as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them.
With the technology we have today, the creative minds birthed, the determination of many, and the power of God we can move mountains. But for now, we can support the persecuted church with our finances and as such, smuggle Bibles into lands that are home to Christians who are not allowed access to Bibles.
Do I wish for Christians to be lawbreakers? Heavens NO! BUT...are we to obey man rather than God?! The freedom to have access to a Bible to ANYONE who wants to own one is a RIGHT that is taken away by oppressive governments who only want to feed their people their own dogmas. Gov't leaders want so much control, they even want to control the minds of their people.
In addition to PRAYING for the persecuted Church, there IS stuff YOU can actually DO to support our injured brothers & sisters.
In a previous post I helped point you in the direction of options to sponsor pastors, pastor's wives who are now widows, students of the word, & sponsor reconstruction of villages ruined due to persecution. Missed it? Click HERE
Then I presented a unique petition that you could sign that would be sent to the government of Egypt, to put pressure to protect the Christians- who have been experiencing increased persecution especially since the fall of Mubarak. Did you want to include your name in the petition? Go HERE
If you click on the first link you'll find that there's more you can do than what I just mentioned.
But today I present to you a whole NEW way to support the persecuted Church. THIS, I am excited about because it's pretty inexpensive. I don't see how ANYONE would not want to do this. And what is 'this' I'm referring to?!?! SENDING A BIBLE! Not just ONE! A $30 sponsorship sends 5 Bibles!!! 5 Bibles to people who have sent letters REQUESTING a Bible!
The Voice of the Martyrs has a tax deductible program called Bibles Unbound:
"Through VOM's Bibles Unbound program, you can become directly involved in meeting this vital need. Even as you read this Web page, our field workers are collecting names of people who are waiting to receive a Bible or have requested a Bible to share with others. These believers live in very hostile areas and willingly take great risks for the sake of God's kingdom.
The names of people requesting Bibles are loaded into the Bibles Unbound system, and you are then able to provide five or more Bibles per month directly to your persecuted brothers and sisters. The names of those for whom you have sponsored Bibles will appear on your own personal mission page so your family can pray for them.
Bibles Unbound has also designed "Covert" Operations where you can directly support Bible couriers where it is too dangerous to collect names."
As of June 12, 2011 there are 69,315 people who have REQUESTED Bibles, have been put on the list, and are waiting for people to sponsor so that a Bible can be sent. It's crazy to think that I can walk into a bookstore & choose any translation of the Bible I want- even go so far as to be picky about the graphic design of the cover or pages, yet 1 Bible is sought where it cannot be found.
I have become a sponsor because I believe that God's word does not come back void. I believe it is our responsibility as Christians to makes disciples. That includes our brothers & sisters we never see or hear of who only WISH to have a treasured Bible. I want to make a difference for the kingdom of God. Now...I'd rather hand deliver those Bibles myself but...since I can't what I can do is determine HOW many Bibles ARE sent and WHERE. I thank God I have the job I do have because this allows me to give much more than what I was able to before. You can even GIFT a sponsorship!
So pray about it, think about it, & act on it. Here is another opportunity, another OPEN DOOR for you to make a difference for the Persecuted Church
I do not have time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.33 Through their faith they defeated kingdoms. They did what was right, received God's promises, and shut the mouths of lions.34 They stopped great fires and were saved from being killed with swords. They were weak, and yet were made strong. They were powerful in battle and defeated other armies.35 Women received their dead relatives raised back to life. Others were tortured and refused to accept their freedom so they could be raised from the dead to a better life.36 Some were laughed at and beaten. Others were put in chains and thrown into prison. 37 They were stoned to death, they were cut in half,[d] and they were killed with swords. Some wore the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor, abused, and treated badly. 38 The world was not good enough for them! They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the earth. Hebrews 11:32-38