In many areas of the Middle East, to identify with the name of Jesus (Issa) comes at a great risk—a risk to your life, to your lifestyle, and to your career and family. But this risk and the suffering that often follows is doing a work in the body of Christ.
Join with this brother from Algeria in rejoicing through suffering:
“It is amazing to know how the apostle Paul rejoiced in his suffering for the church! ‘Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you and complete in my body, what remains of afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body; the church’ (Colossians 1:24). Thank you for today’s Word and for reminding me that as I suffer for the name of Issa, I should know that He began these sufferings and they are for a purpose. I have sacrificed myself by doing the Lord’s work in all areas of our church in my country, and I have known great grace and peace in His Word. Thank you. Please pray for us.”
Intercede for our brothers and sisters who courageously live for Jesus despite the suffering they may endure. Thank God for providing what they need in their most difficult hours. Continue to remember these people you’ve prayed for this week as God brings them to mind through the weekend.
Then join us next week as we pray our way through Northeast Asia.