But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 11: Joy
Ethiopia – The doctor felt helpless holding the tiny premature baby whose mother had just died in childbirth. There were minimal resources, not even a hot water bottle to keep the baby warm.
They made do for the night, but the next day during prayer at the orphanage, ten-year-old Ruth began to pray, “Please God, send us a hot water bottle today. It’ll be no good tomorrow; the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon….And while you are about it,” continued Ruth, “would You please send a doll for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?” Would God answer such an outrageous prayer? The doctor wondered.
Later, a parcel arrived. The doctor opened the package as 40 little girls watched intently. Beneath the clothes and sweets, the doctor’s hand closed around a new rubber hot water bottle! Ruth dashed forth to look further. “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the doll too!” Rummaging around, she pulled out a beautiful little doll.
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)