November 24, 2009

Mission: Secret Believers

Bless the Lord you guys! Thanks to the Holy Spirit, Chantel and I have been encouraged by 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!" We truly received that word and that's why we're bringing the Mission for Monday on Tuesday! Praise the Lord with us for His bringing us through our weaknesses and trials of Monday that we can fellowship with you today!

Do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29

The scripture above came to mind when I stumbled upon this week's mission. It reminds us to watch what we say and how we say it at all times because not only is it not becoming of a child of the King to joke coarsely or have inappropriate conversation but also because we must make every opportunity to communicate an opportunity to kingdom-build. But have you ever considered the people around who you're not conversing with? The lady behind you and your husband in the Walmart when you two are having a disagreement? Or, the guy pumping gas on the other side of the pump as you're yelling abrasive comments to your children? Or, even the little girl or boy in your kids' class walking behind you on the way to your car? You truly don't know where they are spiritually or if at that precise moment, they were needing encouragement! But how timely it would be that at that moment in their lives when they needed encouragement the most it came from a believer who intended their words for someone else! That's all it takes! Even better, what if they were a believer also, needing just a word to sustain them through the persecution they face at home because of their faith?

Well, I've been extremely excited about bringing you this week's mission! 

Secret Believers!
This ministry began after a man named Brother Andrew wrote a book called Secret Believers: What happens when Muslims Believe in Christ. In his book, he tells personal accounts of those who are a part of the Church in hostile and terrorist Muslim countries. Although their names have been changed for their protection, their stories enlighten Christians everywhere of the plight of our brothers and sisters and compels us to help them, encouraging them to fight the fight of faith. His extraordinary work with the globally persecuted church led to the creation of Open Doors International.

Open Doors International is a ministry that works with persecuted Christians  in over 60 countries! Through its many offices set up all over the world, Open Doors raises awareness of persecution through education and media and also campaigns for prayer. This ministry needs our help! With our donations, they can provide Bibles and other Christian literature to secret believers, Christian training, safe houses for fugitive converts, rebuilding, restoration, and much, much more!

Walk in Their Shoes
This outreach of Open Doors is a great way to play a part in helping secret believers everywhere! You just simply need to purchase a pair of "Walk in Their Shoes" shoelaces! That's it! Your purchase will support the cause and remind you of our persecuted family. It'll even be a great conversation starter and a witnessing tool! I can see this outreach being extremely popular among Christian teens out there! So what are you waiting for? Go check 'em out yourself!
To see if Walk In Their Shoes is available in your country, click here!

Remember their laces...


Beautiful Mess said...

I absolutely LOVE how you bring to light missions organizations that we would have no idea are out there! This ROCKS! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Aww Jen! You blessed me! I'm so excited that you're seeing our hearts and our vision! Yes! God doesn't forget our family scattered abroad, so we can't either! Keep checking baaa-ack!