This is a funky Greek word used in the original copies of the New Testament that literally means to be moved with compassion as if to your bowels. It’s a pretty strong image! When we’re moved to our innermost being with compassion for persecuted Christians our natural response is to do something to help them.
So what can we do?
Members of a church in Garissa, Kenya are slowly recovering from a violent attack which saw their lay leader killed and their pastor seriously injured. Many of these members were angry and thirsty for revenge after these events, but instead decided to turn to prayer and fasting.
When the church was visited by an Open Doors worker he immediately noticed the difference prayer had made. Instead of feeling hatred and bitterness, the church is full of great love for the people of Garissa. They are determined to stay in the community and share the good news of Jesus.
For 12 years straight North Korea has been ranked the worst place to be a Christian. Simply owning a Bible in this country can get you killed or sent to work in one of the many brutal concentration camps. Yet despite the danger Christians face, the church is growing.
North Korean Christians are massively grateful for those who pray for them. With continuous, committed prayer the church has strengthened and developed. Many spiritual victories are being won.
That’s what can happen when we’re moved. When God’s spirit opens up our eyes, heads and hearts to how much he loves his church, it’s impossible to not respond. And prayer is always a good response, as in prayer the impossible can become possible.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.