Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.
First Corinthians 4:13
Our Sunday Evening Prayer via Skype was blessed by witness and prayer from the Rev. Julian Dobbs of The Barnabas Fund. The fund exists to give encouragement (Barnabas = "son of encouragement") to Christ's suffering church around the world. The fund is building houses for displaced Iraqi Christians, among many other fine advocacy and service initiatives.
We heard current news of what our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer today. Persecution is not ancient history or Hollywood epic. Christians are dying, facing discrimination and many other sufferings in many places, right now. In just one of many examples that Julian reports, Muslims threatened to cut off the hands of Christian neighbors "if they prayed too loudly" in church.
Please consider a gift to the Barnabas Fund. We spend so much on token trinkets - dust catchers - why not put that money into a Barnabas Fund donation, in the name of someone for whom you shop?
Invest in your persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ - they are the world's garbage, but Christ's own treasure.