Tomorrow is Christmas Day, the perfect time to target Christians. Floyd Brobbel with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says persecutors normally get noisy during the Easter and Christmas holidays, issuing threats and launching attacks. See our past coverage here.
This year, things have been surprisingly quiet. “I’m not sure why that is; it doesn’t change what’s happening on the ground,” Brobbel says.
Even if they’re hidden from the headlines, believers in hostile nations pay a high price for following Jesus. Iran arrests dozens of Christians each year in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Last week, Boko Haram released a three-minute video promising more attacks on believers in Nigeria as Christmas Day approaches.
For persecuted Christians, the Advent season is both a blessing and a curse.
“During Christmas time comes celebration, but also this ominous threat of possible attack [or] violence against families who are Christian within their communities,” Brobbel says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for protection and peace for persecuted Christians. Pray they will see reconciliation instead of violence.
- Ask God to change the hearts of those who don’t yet know Him.