I am reading an article, and my heart bows low. Numbers of dead bodies and statistics fill its sentences. According to this article, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said that Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram have killed 280 people in February and March terrorist attacks, including 130 deaths in Kaduna, 120 in Zamfara and 30 in Benue states—all within the middle belt of the country. Continue reading
I wish I had better news, but unfortunately, I do not. Continue reading
I am saddened to report that approximately 100 Christians have been arrested and detained by the Chinese government as of late. Early Rain Covenant Church, a Protestant underground church that has close to 500 worshippers, was seemingly shut down, with the pastors’ and deacons’ homes raided.
Church elder Li Yingqiang said of the raid, “Even if we are down to our last five, worship and gatherings will still go on because our faith is real.” Continue reading
On October 30th, 2018, a Baptist missionary named Charles Wesco was killed in the country of Cameroun after moving there with his wife and 8 kids only two weeks prior. He was shot in the head in an area where there was much fighting between separatists.
Upon his death, Charles’ wife, Stephanie, wrote: “My Precious husband, Charles, is now
with the Savior he adored and faithfully served for many years… His life focus was seeking to cause others to love Jesus and serve him. My prayer is that somehow someway Jesus will be glorified through my Precious Charles’ death and that God will not let his death have been in vain. He is receiving the Martyrs crown from his Lord. My heart is broken. I want to wake up from a horrific nightmare. Please pray for us.”
Men and women all over the world are dying for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Charles died for the One he loved, and he is not the only one. In such a place of violence, innocent people, Christian and non-Christian, are dying every day—like the approximately 12 people who passed away after Boko Haram attacked two cities and one displaced people’s camp near the town of Maiduguri. “They killed nine people in Bulaburin, two people in Dalori, and one in Kofa and looted food supplies before setting them on fire,” according to the reporter.
We know that all of this non-stop, incessant violence in both situations is satanic in origin. Christ said that “wars and rumors of wars” would happen more and more, as we see His return approaching (Matthew 24:6).
This does not quiet the pain that Mrs. Wesco, or the families of the 12 who passed, though. Those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior are one in body; when one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts. Their pain is deep, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must keep their pain in mind and lift them up to Christ in prayer. These precious loved ones have died for the Savior; “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15, KJV).
This post is dedicated to Charles Wesco. May He rest in the arms of His Savior, and may His family be strengthened in Christ’s Love during this time.
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Charles Wesco did not die to merely propagate a religion; He was not a salesman. He loved Jesus, and lived to share Christ with the world. Learn more about Jesus, what He has done and why it matters at all, here.
Please pray for…
- The Wesco family. As they mourn the death of their beloved husband and father, may the Church step in and help provide them with financial, emotional, and spiritual support.
- The countless people hurting after Boko Haram’s attacks. Pray that Christ would bring those who are hurting to Himself if they do not know Him yet; if they do know Him, may they know His Comfort, Strength, and Love deeply in and through this situation.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NIV)
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Read more about it over at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)!
“Dear Lord Jesus,
THANK YOU for freeing Asia!!! You are truly Sovereign over all the affairs of mankind. We thank You that You have delivered her; we pray now that she and her story would be used for Your Glory. Continue to heal her of all her wounds, Lord, and help us as the church to love, support, and care for her.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,