“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3 NIV
A New World
This weekend I went to Mission Connexion for my first time. A few days before I was looking for some kind of conference I could attend, but I found nothing. I went to the Voice of the Martyrs website to see if they were doing anything in my area. I had been wanting to go to one of their conferences, but there were none anywhere close to me. I felt frustrated and disappointed. Then I checked under local events and saw they were going to be at Mission Connexion in Portland, Oregon in two days. Only two days away! I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited, I was even more excited when I found out that Don Richardson was going to be there. He is a missionary who went with his wife Carol and their seven month old son and spent 15 years living with a stone age tribe in Papua, the Sawi tribe were cannibals and headhunters. He wrote about their experiences in Peace Child. To learn more about Don Richardson’s life I went on Youtube and found interviews with him, this is my favorite clip.
I went to Mission Connexion not knowing what to expect. Most conferences are geared more toward college students or adults. I’m only fifteen, how can I help? I wasn’t sure if I would just be an observer. I was surprised at how I was welcomed and included. I could feel God’s hand guiding me as I met so many people who shared their time and stories with me. Here are some of the highlights:
My first impression was Book Heaven! All of the books I’m on the hunt for were there, plus so many more. I was able to get a few and took pictures of many I plan to read in the future. Now I know how much is available from YWAM Publishing about my favorite topics.
When I talked with the representative from Open Doors I told him about this blog and how I want to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. He suggested that when I meet new immigrants I talk with them and find out their stories. He also suggested I visit churches with refugees and volunteer to teach Sunday school. He said there is a need and he thought I would be embraced. My sisters and I are all wearing rubber barbed wire bracelets they gave us. They are great conversation starters, whenever someone asks us about them we can share about the persecuted church. I want to plan a secret church youth event and the bracelets would be a great reminder to give to the other teens that go. I’ll post more about that as it develops.
Voice of the Martyrs
At Voice of the Martyrs the representative shared with me many materials I had seen on the website including two DVDs I have been wanting to watch –Underground Reality Vietnam and Underground Reality Columbia. I am going to share them with my friends and family. She also gave us bracelets that say “Pray for China” another great conversation starter. The Special Issue 2015 newsletter she gave us included a great pullout “I Commit to Pray for My Persecuted Family” map. The back suggests 10 Ways to Pray. Follow the link and you can read people’s stories and join with others in prayer there.
Prayer is a powerful way for us to intercede for them.
Colossians 1:9-12 New International Version (NIV)
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
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