International Media Ministries Reminds Us Church History Offers Both Lessons and Encouragement

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International Media Ministries projects remind us history isn’t simply the sum of events that transpired in the past. Instead, it stands as a way for people to learn and be inspired by errors and triumphs of the generations that came before them.

The Power of Remembering

Sadly, many young people today are only marginally aware, or not aware at all, of large historical events from less than a century ago. The nationwide U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey revealed an alarming lack of knowledge about horrifying crimes that took place during World War II. 12% of the people surveyed believe Jews caused the Holocaust.

Denise Godwin says these types of shocking studies are why the Church must remember its own history.

“I once heard a representation of the word remembered as being re-membered, re-put together. I love the idea that when we remember something, we’re piecing it back together. Christian history is so rich, [and] that help us connect our faith to our [lives],” she says.

“I think sometimes we can see the Bible through really big lenses, but as you begin to learn and remember the stories of Christian history, you learn that regular people are also standing for the faith. It’s so important to remember that the seasons of our lives and of the people in the past haven’t been smooth and easy. Yet, God’s faithfulness has been shown in various ways [through] generations.”

These lessons are especially important to remember when considering the persecution and hardship Christians around the world continue to face today.

“There are so many people who are experiencing persecution now. We want to think that those kinds of things don’t happen in our time, but it’s not the first time in history that people have been singled out because of their faith in Jesus Christ,” Godwin says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for persecuted Christians.
  • Learn more about Church history.
  • Pray for IMM’s ministry.