The art of faith-sharing
MARIETTA, Ga. — Lauren Williams wanted to teach her 3-year-old daughter,…
A website created by members of Churches of Christ asks “every gospel preacher in every church across America” to begin their Easter Sunday sermons by leading “God’s people in prayer on behalf of the persecuted church.”
If you agree, click “I will pray.”
The site includes video testimonials from Christians in Ukraine, where Abrams and fellow church members have done mission work. (See Abrams’ report for The Christian Chronicle from Ukraine in 2014.)
The site also has a video testimony from Steve Worley, who has worked in northern Nigeria for 30 years, serving as director of the School of Biblical Studies in Jos. He tells of the ravages of the militant group Boko Haram, which has abducted the children of church members and killed ministers in the region.
“No Friday lasts forever,” the site states, referencing Christ’s crucifixion — and the plight of modern-day believers in Ukraine, northern Nigeria and lands controlled by the Islamic State. “Sunday came and our hope was resurrected, for all God’s oppressed children.
“Sunday is coming!”
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