SOUTH EAST ASIA — Jade* is an Open Doors worker who supports Muslim-background believers in a country in south east Asia. Tragically, she lost her fiancé in an attack on a church. But despite the tragedy, it’s because of his example that Jade herself came to enter the ministry.
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Jade is an open doors worker who supports Muslim background believers in a country in Southeast Asia.
Jade* – Open Doors Worker:
I grew up in a Sunday school and I go to church every Sunday, but only at the age of 15 that I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
I can remember that my parents, because they are from a Muslim background, so they were pressured by some of their relatives who are unbelievers. So I can see they experienced pressure, especially my dad, because he’s the only Christian in the family.
Persecution came still closer to Jade when her fiancé was killed in an attack on a church. But despite the tragedy, it’s because of his example that Jade herself came to enter the ministry.
His life is really a legacy for me. His dedication and commitment in the ministry. Many times he was asked by his family if he can just change, if he can just move to another place to the ministry. But he stayed because he said I cannot leave my ship.
Actually, Open Doors came over to my home place when they knew that my fiancé got killed. So that was the time also that I come to know Open Doors.
Then since then, Open Doors made letter campaign and it was really amazing, a great encouragement because I received lots of letters, thousands of letters from the Christians worldwide encouraging me and letting me know that I’m not alone in pain.
Two years after I graduated from Bible Seminary, Open Doors invited me to join and do the work among the Muslim background believers.
Jade asks that we pray both for those who are persecuted in her region and for the persecutors themselves.
I just have two prayer requests. One is pray for the persecuted Christians. Pray that they would be able to stand firm on their faith in Christ. They are not superheroes. I mean, they have also weaknesses. They feel sometimes discouragement. They are down. So they need your prayers that God would encourage them all the more in the midst of sufferings, in the midst of pain, in the midst of persecutions, that they would be able to stand firm. And pray also that in the midst of sufferings, they will still continually preach the gospel of love to the people in the community, to their unbelieving friends and relatives.
Second is pray for the persecutors of Christian faith. They are blinded by their ideologies, by their beliefs, and they need also the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that they will experience the transformation power of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe nothing is impossible with God. God can just bring man, whatever they are, even the worst men in this world, He can just move in each one’s heart, just like Paul.
I have faith in God, He can do that. A persecutor of Christian faith will turn to become a preacher of the word of God.
About Open Doors UK
For over 60 years, Open Doors UK has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement, and Christian Community Restoration.
Source: Global News Alliance, Ministering to Muslim-Background Believers