…this is what the ancients were condemned for.
these are words from hebrews 11…a chapter dedicated to those before us in the faith, who endured trials, hardships, and sometimes didn’t even see God’s plan come to fruition. nevertheless, they did not give up, and remained faithful until the end.
recently some ministry partners of ours, in pakistan, were attacked and persecuted for their faith. you can read the full story here.
tonight a handful of us gathered in my home to pray for our friends who were attacked. those who have been wounded and those who have lost loved ones. i’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around this whole thing. i can not understand what it must be like to live in fear of something like this happening. and then it happens. or perhaps i’ve got it all wrong and they don’t live in fear at all? because they get it. God is enough.
i want to share what i experienced here tonight, as the spirit was moving heavily.
i was deeply moved and reminded that we do not experience persecution in america, like this. we aren’t in immediate danger of austin being pillaged because of our christian beliefs. people are risking their lives for the gospel, in pakistan, and i just sit here idly by hoping that people will attend wine for jesus.
i long for other eyes, (or in spanish, ‘otros ojos’…just sounds cooler) to see the world. to see God move in different ways in different countries. i easily forget that my friend aberdeen in kosovo, or my bud tricia in london experience God in another part of the world every single day. He’s giant. and i know He can bring the greatest healing of all to pakistan and it’s people.
you know, there are not many cooler things than sitting around with fellow christian guys and gals, and entering into intimate prayer together. i admit i am moved by our experience here tonight because of this alone. but it is for a greater cause that we petitioned the throne of God together, and i know we are all changed because of our experience. awesome.
i can’t help but think that our friends in pakistan will find a joy through this trial. please do not equate joy with happiness in this circumstance…they are two different things. but my prayer is that the generations, will remember those who are currently enduring this great trial, as we remember those in hebrews 11. the a29 community overseas is without a doubt leaving it’s mark for the kingdom. what a cool, giant fingerprint for their children and children’s children to celebrate.