Persecution

11-9-16

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3

This verse took on new meaning to me October 23rd when I received news that friends serving as missionaries in the Philippines were arrested two days earlier. Matt and Lee run an orphanage there to minister the love of Christ to children of poverty – street kids — giving them a safe, caring environment and helping them get an education.  The news reports are so twisted with lies it’s difficult to decipher but it is reported Matt and Lee are suspected of and will likely be charged with Human Trafficking.

As I write this they are behind bars in a foreign prison.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3

The Lord has brought them to mind repeatedly – early in the morning, during the night, and I spoke to the Lord.  I can’t imagine the conditions they find themselves in – separated from each other. Surrounded by strangers and criminals. Suspected of evil things.

What does it mean to me to remember Matt and Lee as if I was in prison with them?  I try to imagine what I would think and feel and need if I was there with them.  If I stop and think about that for a moment, I have to pray for God’s protection of their physical beings – that no harm will come to them by others in the prison, or at the hands of guards or officials.  I have to pray that God will fill their minds with verses and truths but not just words, the reality of His actual presence with them. I pray He will protect them from the devastation of the accusations and the weight of them on their minds and hearts. I have to pray that God will protect them mightily from fear.

That God would rise up and show Himself strong, King of all the earth, Mighty to save and the One Who fights for them.  I pray that they not only get released very soon but that God would reverse this completely in their favor; that their names and reputations will be cleared and that officials, neighbors and those in the community will realize that the love of Christ compels Matt and Lee and welcome their orphanage and the ministry they provide even supporting them. I pray that the officials will expedite getting them the proper documentation and even provide resources to them to accomplish this work of the Lord.

I pray that our God would be glorified and His name made famous. That those connected to this situation will be put on their heels and see the undeniable power and greatness of the One True God.

Tall order? Yes. But our God reigns over nations, over government officials, over jails and over those with corrupt intent.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them…

Diane

After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant.  She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

 

 

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