*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.
So far this month, our Sunday School teacher has told us the stories of three people who have suffered because they believe in Jesus. We met Saeed Abedini, who was arrested in Iran and sentenced to eight years in Iran’s worst jail. He misses his wife, Naghmeh, and his two children, Rebekkah and Jacob, terribly. We met Shijo Kokkattu, a Christian teacher from India who was working in Maldives. Even though he was a good teacher, he was arrested when school officials found Christian materials on his computer. They kept him in jail for over two weeks, then sent him home to India. And we met Makset Djabbarbergenov from Uzbekistan. After he was arrested and persecuted in Uzbekistan, he and his family fled to Kazakhstan. But last fall, Kazakhstan arrested him and put him in jail. They said they were going to send him back to jail in Uzbekistan. Finally, after several months, he and his family were allowed to leave Kazakhstan and move to another country.
We talked about all three men this morning, their families, and their homelands. Had we remembered to pray for Saeed, Shijo, and Makset? Had we remembered to pray for Saeed’s wife Naghmeh and Makset’s wife Aygul? What about Iran, Maldives, and Uzbekistan? Had we remembered to ask God to help the Christians who live there to be strong and brave, no matter what? Did we pray and ask God to help the people who don’t understand how much He loves them?
What about us? Have we asked God to help us be brave when people mistreat us because we love Jesus and try to do what He says?
We colored a picture that we can use to help us remember to pray for them. If you’d like to color one yourself, you can find it here.