When Jesus stopped Saul on the road to Damascus, Saul was on his way to persecute Christians. Jesus' words to Saul rang out clearly" "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" Again, I see that Jesus' heart is so bound with the hearts of His people, that those who persecute us persecute Him.
Jesus is still being persecuted today. And I wanted to post this as a reminder to us. We must not forget our brothers and sisters who are being hurt for the name of Jesus! We must pray for them!
In Egypt, a brother named Samir is being stalked and tortured. This is not something that happened a decade ago... not even 5 years ago... but RIGHT NOW. After he became a Christian, this highly successful college professor was declared insane and sent to an institution for the mentally disabled. There he has been given high dose hallucinogenic drug injections until saliva dripped from his limp mouth. He was "treated" with shock therapy until his mind and body have been irreparably damaged. Electrodes were also placed on his genitals and he was shocked there. The shock "treatment" lasts for 6 days, six times every morning. He has been released, followed, and re-admitted several times. Voice of the Martyrs magazine's August edition reports,
Samir was released from his sixth hospital visit just six weeks before we interviewed him. His mind appears to be irreversible damaged and he has continual tremors throughout his body, but his heart is still in God's hands. "They changed me from a normal, regular person to a mentally retarded person," Samir says. In addition, the public safety police still call him often...in fact the police had called Samir only two days before we met with him.On July 19th, two Christian brothers in Pakistan (Rashid, age 32 and Sajjid, age 30) were shot dead in public.
On April 8th in Gulberg, Lahor, a 15 year old girl named Uzma was abducted by four Muslim men (one of them her neighbor's son). Her family's neighbors had been trying to stop her family from their audible singing and praying each morning. The men who beat Uzma taunted her by saying "Call your God for help, to whom you worship loudly and regularly, if can save you...for whom you are disturbing others." The child was dragged away, and the next day her parents were told that she had converted to Islam. She has not been returned to her family and, as of last word, is still in captivity.
These are three separate stories of the persecution of Christians happening RIGHT NOW in three different countries. The reason I tell them to you is to remind you that Christ's brothers and sisters are being tortured even as you read this for His name.
Brothers, sisters, friends... I can not tell you what a burden this is on my heart!
For more information or to support Christ's sufferers around the world, to give financially, to learn how to pray, and to sign up for a FREE magazine, I urge you click here and visit the VOM web site. God is passionate about His people and inasmuch as you support the "least" of these, you are supporting Him. If we allow ourselves to forget them, we are forgetting Him.