Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
– 2 Timothy 3:12
This week, we were blessed and challenged to hear from Rev. Benedict Muthusami, Director of Open Doors Malaysia, a ministry dedicated to serving the Persecuted Church. He preached from 2 Timothy 3:10-16.
Rev. Benedict’s sermon was a powerful reminder about the “bullied” people in our midst and the power of prayer.
We sometimes forget, we are one church that stretches across the world. Whenever one part suffers, we all suffer.
While the message highlighted solidarity and awareness, through it all, there was also a tone of hope: hope in the awesome power of God in the midst of great evil.
We also heard a powerful story of prayer across the world that made a real difference.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the smallness of things that we miss the bigness of God.
So what should we do when we are “bullied”?
We need to respond in love and prayer:
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14.
That’s a call to us.
As part of his visit with us, Rev. Benedict also shared that Open Doors is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.
He also shared with us the World Watch List, published annually by Open Doors International. The watch list ranks the top 50 countries with Christian persecution.
We were dismayed to find out that Malaysia has climbed to #37 from #40 the previous year, due to issues of religious freedom and the use of Bahasa Malaysia bibles.
In support of Open Doors’ ministry, we dedicated our missions offering this week to them.
We thank Open Doors for visiting us and sharing their heart with us. We also especially pray and thank them for the important work that they do for the Church as a whole.