Be their voice!
Persecuted believers need our prayers, encouragement and support. In addition to praying for persecuted Christians using the CSW Prayer Calendar, you can also encourage many of them directly by writing letters through Connect & Encourage.
In his teaching to the disciples about the final day, Jesus said: "I was in prison and you came to visit me" and in response people would say, "when did we see you in prison and visit you?". His way of fusing the concept of service to Christ and service to those who suffer trials for his name was to say "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:31-46
Your encouraging words to prisoners are delivered directly to their cells, reminding them that they are not forgotten and that the Church stands in solidarity with them. It also serves to remind the prison authorities that the unjustly imprisoned individual has a global family advocating for their welfare and release.
The people listed in Connect & Encourage - from human rights activists and lawyers, to pastors, persecuted Christians, and their families - benefit tremendously from your letters or cards.
So, take a few minutes today to write to a prisoner, either individually or as part of a small group - even a short note will bring such hope and encouragement!
Helpful hints that make card writing easy...
- Choose one or two people in Connect & Encourage each month and sign cards for them at the end of your Church service or meeting.
- Make a regular time to write to those you feel led to encourage.
- Pass a card around your small group and you could have dozens of people communicating love and support to a brother or sister on the other side of the world.
- Ask your Sunday school or youth group to make cards that the whole church can sign.
- Get enthusiastic and throw a card-writing party with friends.
Whatever you choose to do, this is grassroots, tangible, effective encouragement and it's so easy to help. Thank you!