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Monday, July 18, 2005

persecuted/front-line church planting!

"They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death." Rev 12: 11

The "word of our testimony" is powerful to overcome satan and all his tactics. Here are 2 testimonies:

Saudi Arabia church planting:
Many worship in fear of their lives. Travelling to worship on a Friday morning (Saudi holy day) is risky. Religious police will follow you and tale you to the location of your place of worship (so you have to use different routes and watch your rear view mirror). Meetings are often in a compound or a small warehouse provided by a Christian or sympathetic ower. When you meet you risk being raided and arrested for "seeking to convert a muslim". Many an American and Brit have been deported for this crime. Many local and national Christians hide for fear of a death threat if they are cuaght - immediate death. Other foreigners whose governements do not have such a high standing with the Saudi authorities have their citizens arrested and tortured...yes tortured.

June this year the World Daily News reported: "Saudi Arabia's religious police arrested eight Christians, including one who was beaten in front of his 5-year-old son, according to a Washington, D.C.-based human rights group. "International Christian Concern" says Chittirical John Thomas, an Indian national, was pulled from work in Riyadh by Saudi Muttawa authorities, dragged to his home and beaten."

We worshipped and led a cell church here (1995-1997), secretly, watching our own brothers and sisters in Christ being beaten for their faith and abused by their Saudi masters. We had to meet in secret and something struck me then that has lasted until now and will last a lot longer, our fellowship thought nothing of themselves for the sake of Christ....what a witness...such a humbling period. Remember in prayer those who must remain nameless for their courage and for their strength....if God called us we'd go back, my wife Karen said to me "I'll leave the dishes in the sink and go straight away!" ..that's how privileged we were to meet the heros of our faith...the anonymous ones!

Taiwan church planting:
A church plant in Taipei, dual language, English and Mandarin in the centre of 7 million taiwanese, reaching their culture. Where? The 10th floor of a multistorey carpark above DaYeh Takashimaya department store. It's a plant reaching out into it's community. We worshipped with them for a season when we in Taipei in 1997.
Amazing selfless fellowship...amazing multicultural outreach and ministry. Westerners and Taiwanese hand in hand, reaching into the horific society of sex trafficking and drug abuse. Where the enemy roars like a lion, there's no subtle cultural barriers, just enormous satanic spiritual strongholds. But it is a work formed with a vision, served with lives given away for God and to see His glory manifest in Taipei...remember them; Tim and his family, Andy and Fiona and theirs... http://www.oasiscf.org.tw/

Every church should church plant...we have no excuse..where does church planting start? In the lives of individuals who refuse to let Satan defeat them by silence, if he can silence us from being a witness - he wins! Church planting is a life thing, it starts in our words and is lived in out lives....


Blogger Rong said...

Couldn't agree more. My church is currently supporting a number of missionaries from our church who are planting a church in Izmir, Turkey. The persecution by not only the police but by the local University has kept them in and out of the courts for 2 years now. Bullying by the police is a monthly occurence. If it weren't for the fact that Turkey is trying to get into the EU the persecution would be far from simply a legal recourse.
Anyone who believes that Turkey is secular in their politics is deluding themselves.

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