It hit me like a ton a bricks. I am still feeling very grateful that we live in a free country, where we are free to worship God without the fear of being arrested. Even as I am writing this, I am realizing how hard it would be to be a Christian in that part of the world. They have to have such amazing devotion and strength to continue worshiping and living a Christ-centered life. I am not even sure if I would be able to do that.
by Tim Sherbondy
TNC’s Ash Wednesday service opened my eyes to something that I have never given much thought to before. For those of you who were not able to make it, the service was held in the basement of the Kerstens’ house. This is where the youth group meets every Wednesday night. As Mike was leading worship while playing a guitar, the realization came to me that this is how most churches in China–and many other countries that don’t have the freedoms we have–experience church every week.
As you think about Lent this year, whether you are giving something up in order to make more room for God, or just trying to spend more time with Him, I encourage you to pray for our brothers and sisters who do not have it as easy as we do. Pray for continued strength and protection for them. Heck, let’s even pray for deliverance from the oppression they are feeling! Matthew 19:26 says “….with God, all things are possible.”