But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 10: Love
Indonesia – The mortar rounds landed in an orphanage run by missionaries. The missionaries and two children were killed outright; several more children were wounded including one girl about eight years old. The medical staff who arrived to help soon realized that the young girl was the most critically injured. Without quick action, she would die from shock and loss of blood. When explained to the other children that a blood transfusion was imperative, the request for a blood donor was met with wide-eyed silence.
Then one small hand went up and a young boy volunteered. He was quickly laid on a pallet, his arm swabbed with alcohol, and a needle inserted into his vein. Through the ordeal, he lay stiff and silent but continued to sob which later turned into steady, silent crying. The medical team kept asking if he was hurting but he would shake his head and continue to cry.
After awhile the boy stopped crying, opened his eyes and looked questioningly at the nurse who took the needle out of his arm. A look of great relief spread over his face. The boy had all along thought he was dying. He misunderstood, thinking that he was to give ALL his blood so the little girl could live… and she was his friend.
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)