By Barbara Latta
Cheing Jie was a young mother, pastor’s wife and kindergarten director when she was
arrested in 2014 for “illegal business
operations” due to her use of religious curriculum in the school where she
worked in China. After being released two years later, she was reunited with
her young sons whom she had not seen during her imprisonment, even though she
had been allowed visits from her husband. Despite the hardships of prison,
Cheing Jie said she was able to minister to the other women incarcerated with
her and the letters she received from those who support ministries who help
persecuted Christians kept her strong. The International Day of Prayer for the
Persecuted Church is November 6. This story is only one among many to show how
important it is for us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are
being persecuted for their faith.
|International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 6.|
November 11 is Veteran’s Day. We recognize the sacrifices made by this group of people who have fought for the rights of all Americans. Close to 42 million men and women have given their lives to gain or preserve freedom since the Revolutionary War. These numbers represent an individual; some whose blood soaked into the ground in death and others
suffered injuries they
never recovered from to protect our rights and the rights of others around the
world. Unfortunately, our military has become a field of persecution for
Christian men and women who are serving our country by being told they cannot
proclaim their faith.
|Veterans need our prayers and appreciation.|
Another important day this month is Election Day on November 8. Our Constitution was drafted to give individuals rights as Americans. One of these was the right to vote. On March 30, 1870 the 15th amendment gave African-American men the right to vote. The 19th amendment passed on June 4, 1919 and gave all women the right to vote. Therefore, there is no excuse to stay home on election day.
|Pray before you vote.|
Please think carefully and pray when you cast your vote and look at the agenda the candidate wants to bring to America, not what the media is saying.
Voting is not just your right, it is your duty. And as you vote, please remember why you can.
Pray for and appreciate our veterans and pray for the persecuted church all over the world. As free Americans, we can still do that.
Feel free to share your thoughts and prayers for these important dates.
Pray for persecuted Christians November 6 (click to tweet)
Pray for and appreciate veterans (click to tweet)
Pray before you vote (click to tweet)