Those Who Suffered Shall Be Comforted

The Dong brothers and sisters need our encouragement and prayers. The frequently face pressure from family and authorities to give up on the faith and to quit "causing trouble". Let us turn to words from which so many have found encouragement before, the hope of consolation from the Lord Jesus himself once we have finished the race:

"These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear form their eyes" (Rev 7:14-17).

Let us remember the who suffer for the name of Christ. That could be official harassment from officials or simply pressure from family to conform to the religious traditions of their ancestors. For those reading this who are Westerners, who for the most part function quite independently of each other, it is hard to understand the Asian culture of conformity and respect for elders. They need much prayer, especially to not slowly become more like the world and less like Christ just to not cause any more trouble.

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