“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
– Hebrews 13:3
“Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” – 2 Corinthians 11:28-29
When we put our faith in Jesus, trusting him for eternal life and everything we have, we are “in Christ” and Christ lives “in us.” Since every believer is joined to Christ, every believer is also joined to every other believer. It’s as though there is “spiritual glue” that unites us to Jesus and also holds us together.
It’s incredible to see how the unity of believers can positively affect those who are persecuted in India. Prayer and fellowship with Christians in a different village brought hope to a woman named Wimal and her family after three months of oppression.
Wimal and her family came to faith in Christ after hearing the Gospel from a Mission India Church Planter named Etasa, and when they did so, their entire village turned hostile. Wimal shares, “We had no ration, no electricity, no water, and even the shopkeepers wouldn’t allow us to buy anything from them.” At night, villagers threw dead dogs, snakes, and stones on their house. Wimal’s family was not willing to leave their faith in Christ, praying to God to save their lives.
The family began to visit Etasa in another village. There, they listened to him speak about the Gospel, and his entire congregation prayed for their protection. Praise God for this encouragement for Wimal’s family as they endured such suffering!
After three months, the elders of the village held another meeting and decided to allow Wimal’s family to be supplied with electricity and their other rations again. Wimal and her family see this as a miracle from Jesus. The villagers wonder how the family could withstand the pressure and stand for Christ despite all of the restrictions. They are amazed that the family’s needs were still met. Wimal shares, “We could bear all this for Christ’s sake.”
It’s only natural that we believers would, like Paul, be passionately concerned for the sufferings of our brothers and sisters around in the world. Faith isn’t something you do alone. This is why planting churches – fellowships of believers – is the necessary outcome of the Great Commission.
Halfway across the globe, we can stand alongside persecuted believers like Wimal. We can pray for them, provide help for them, and even join them – as far as we are able – in the great task that compels them to bring the Gospel to those who have not yet heard.
How is God calling you to support persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ?
Father, I pray that you would continue to protect and provide for Wimal and her family, and bless the ministry of Church Planter Etasa. Please continue to equip Christians in India to spread the Gospel, and protect them as they work to advance your Kingdom.
Thank you for joining us for devotionals and prayer! As our week comes to a close, I invite you to give a gift to support the spread of the Gospel in India.
– Todd VanEk, President & CEO of Mission India