Our Wednesday nights over the last couple of months at The Edge have focused on the themes of suffering and persecution.
Over this time, we learned that as believers in Christ we will face persecution. As Jesus said in John 15:20:
Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
We also had opportunity to hear testimonies about the persecution our brothers and sisters experience in other parts of the world through videos created by Open Doors USA. Here are two of the videos we watched:
Finally we heard the good news that the story for believers does not end with persecution. Just as Jesus promised us that we would face persecution, he offers us his peace in the midst of our suffering:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
While our youth in Canada is far removed from the sufferings that followers of Jesus experience around the world, we wanted to do our part, to pray for those of you who are persecuted. We also created some artwork to share on our blog to encourage those who are suffering right now with the knowledge that you are not forgotten, that we are thinking of you, and that we are believing God will give you the strength to endure.