Followers of Jesus around the world are shining God’s love and light. The church is alive, active and living out God’s mission. And that’s why Christians are being persecuted.
Around the world, 1 in every 8 Christians face high, very high or extreme levels of persecution. That means they can face death, horrific violence, arrest, torture, imprisonment, harassment or rejection simply because of their choice to follow Jesus.
For us Christians in the West, living out our faith can seem very different. We don’t gather in secret. We don’t fear that our attendance at a worship night might get us arrested. Our grades aren’t marked down because of our beliefs. We can openly talk about God and share his love with others without worrying we could face prison.
But our relationship with Jesus connects us to secret believers around the world. We share the same heartbeat. Together, we are God’s Church. Brothers and sisters – part of the same body, all seeking to show the love we’ve received to the world around us. And when one part of the body suffers, we all do.