How should we connect with those who are being persecuted or in areas of the world where Christians are experiencing suffering and trying circumstances because of their faith in Christ? In the present situation, we are not able to go there and walk in their shoes and feel their pressure. We have been asking these soldiers of Jesus to give reports from the front lines.
Joel in Nigeria writes; “Greetings from Nigeria! Thank you for the email which is encouraging to hear from you knowing that people are praying for us over there. The prayer of God's people have been a major factor for the successes recorded this year. Thank God for the privilege to serve and for protection in all the trips we had this year for training and ministry. One great lesson I learned this year is to trust Him in any situation. At a point this year I thought it was over, the Lord proved to keep to His promises. Despite the difficulties, sicknesses and many other challenges the Lord has been with us.
As we begin the new year, pray that God will direct my steps towards His will for my life and family. I do not want to do anything on my own. Also pray that He will use me to impact the lives of many who are in need. Also pray for journey mercies as we travel for training and outreaches in the north east as the insecurity of our roads and communities are becoming so much worse. Pray for protection over our families and God’s providence.”
This should inspire each of us to pray diligently and often for those in Nigeria who carry the gospel of Jesus Christ across their nation and beyond. Physical harm and death may be in their path.
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