But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 7: Faithfulness
Pakistan – Chuni loved her mountain home; it was serene and beautiful and she had no desire to ever leave. But one day God placed a particular unreached village on the hearts of Chuni and her friend Nadeen. They longed to go and share the Gospel with the people there, but knew that it was controlled by anti-Christian extremists who were violent towards outsiders. Despite the dangers, both women were prepared to travel the difficult mountain trail that led to the village.
Harsh winds were unforgiving in these mountains and both women feared the ever-present possibility of an attack from religious extremists. In addition, neither of the women had any formal Bible education so this made explaining Bible truths difficult. But none of these obstacles stopped them; they decided to go anyway.
The Lord has blessed Chuni and Nadeen’s bold efforts as today a small group of new believers gather regularly for prayer meetings.
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)