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I've been Thinking - 12 May 2019

posted date: Friday 10th May 2019

I was deeply saddened last week to read something of the report from Britain, published by the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of England relating to the persecution of Christians around the world. The article noted that “persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near ‘genocide’ levels”.1

In the BBC article the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, commented “Whether it is in authoritarian regimes, or bigotry masked in the mistaken guise of religion, reports like the one launched today remind us that there are many places in which Christians face appalling levels of violence, abuse and harassment.”2

Recently in New Zealand we have heard the phrase used “they are us”. This is no less true of our brothers and sisters overseas who face difficulties in their everyday life, persecuted simply because they love Jesus.

My simple request is to ask you to pray for them, and to ask the Holy Spirit to continue to bring these people to mind so we can continue to lift them up before the throne of God. Prayer does change things, and God has told us to cry out to Him and to continue to ask, and God will hear us (Matthew 7:7-11).

Shalom

Bruce

1 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48146305

2 ibid