Among them are three special people, each sharing a bittersweet bond involving persecution of believers:
• Corrie ten Boom from Holland, Christian author of The Hiding Place, who endured horrible persecution in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
• Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian minister of Jewish descent and author of Tortured for Christ, who was imprisoned and tortured beyond description by Communists for 14 years.
• Brother Andrew (Andrew van der Bijl), a Christian missionary from Holland, who became known as “God’s Smuggler” for delivering untold copies of God’s Word to underground believers behind the Communist Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War.
Recently, the memories of those three powerful influencers in my life washed over me again as I prepared to do a taped interview with David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, the organization founded by Brother Andrew.
It makes me so emotional to hear the memories of those three wonderful saints, and even more so to hear the latest news from David Curry about Christians and their children being persecuted around the world right now.
Every day brings new accounts of discrimination, excessive and unfair fines, denial of humanitarian aid, imprisonment, torture, beheadings, expulsion from homes, property seizures, and even entire Christian towns being destroyed by extremist- and terrorist-led mobs. Sadly, such persecution is often tolerated, sanctioned, or even encouraged by local, regional, or national government officials.
Tears flooded my eyes as David Curry shared the latest Open Doors USA World Watch List and the countries with the most egregious offenses. The top 10 countries include North Korea (ranked #1 on the World Watch List for 18 consecutive years), Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, and India.
“It’s a tough subject to talk about what’s happening to our brothers and sisters,” David said pointblank, “but it is so important for us to be awakened, to have our eyes opened to what’s really happening to so many Christians.”
He described persecution that continues to reach historic levels, including more than 245 million Christians in the world facing severe persecution for their faith. That’s one in nine Christians worldwide!
Of the top 50 countries on the Open Doors USA World Watch List, these facts emerge:
- 4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons.
- 2,625 believers have been detained without trial, arrested, sentenced.
- 1,266 churches or Christian buildings have been attacked.
There are so many more statistics from around the globe that continue to spread reflecting the hatred toward Christ and His followers.
Yet, in the midst of this persecution, something is happening in the Spirit that no one seems to be able to explain.
The evil forces of the world have done everything possible to pull people of all ages, but especially young people, away from Christ and the foundations of the Bible, but I’m seeing a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit sweeping over believers as we awaken to both the dangers and opportunities in our world today.
As a result, an exciting new chapter of this ministry is emerging. We must make our move now as something truly momentous is beginning to sweep around the world.
This can be one of our ministry’s finest hours if we respond correctly and swiftly. The greatest preachers and prophets of days gone by have talked about and longed for days when young people around the world would suddenly begin turning to God in unparalleled numbers.
And it’s happening right before our eyes. We must continue to press forward!
You’ve often heard me say that I am determined to preach the Gospel and bring souls to Jesus by any means possible. Right now, emerging technology and the Internet are exploding with innovative breakthroughs that we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago.
As a result, it’s urgent that we expand right now, especially in these three areas of great need:
1. Media Production and Airtime
Our This Is Your Day programs, social media broadcasts, and live airings of teaching, worship, miracles, personal ministry, and prayer all allow us to go where I could not go physically, especially in areas where persecution and tyranny flourish. God uses our media again and again to overcome geographical barriers and reach people around the world by targeting their private mobile phones and other devices. To Him be all the praise.
2. Media Development
We have thousands upon thousands of hours of video content to be converted to digital media so that we can make it readily available to those who don’t have easy access to teachings on healing, the Holy Spirit, the anointing, and other topics that can change lives.
Expanding our online video library requires us to purchase new interactive media workstations specifically for use in the new frontiers of social media. This type of work requires robust and highly focused computers that cost more than those used on less specialized projects.
Will you help me reach and teach believers today—especially those who are persecuted for their faith or who don’t have access to essential biblical teachings—through innovative social media and television outreaches and our website?
Planting into the World’s Most Fertile Fields
Every dollar you give goes directly to fund our expansion to meet the needs of this generation as well as generations to come!
Here are two urgent requests:
1. Will you join me as we intercede for persecuted Christians? Please make this a matter of daily, fervent prayer.
2. Will you sow your seed faithfully as we continue to share Jesus Christ, the only true Answer, to both free and persecuted people? Your offerings help us continue to spread the Good News through our miracle services, television programs, social media, online, and mission outreaches.
A Special Note and Personal Request
I am excited to announce that on July 1, 2019, we launched This Is Your Day on Impact Network, adding 80 million homes to our reach! That way, I can come to you daily with worship, miracles, and powerful teaching.
In addition to our online and social media expansion, God is allowing us to use new opportunities in television to share not only the message of salvation but also the miracle-working and healing power of the Holy Spirit.
With the weapon of evangelical television, God is breaking Satan’s hold on people’s hearts in nearly every country and village around the world. And it’s happening right now!
Oh, faithful partner, we cannot pull back now.
We must do even more to reach a lost and hurting world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wrap your seed with your faith and sow it with cheerful excitement, for He has promised that as you obey Him, He will give you back financial blessings so great that there will not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10).
Give to the Lord your best seed today, and watch what He will do for you in return, even as we double our efforts to impact the world.
Do it today!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord, Jesus Christ,