“We of the Underground Church have no cathedrals. But is any cathedral more beautiful than the sky of heaven to which we looked when we gathered secretly in forests? The chirping of birds took the place of the organ. The fragrance of flowers was our incense. And the shabby suit of a martyr recently freed from prison was much more impressive than priestly robes. We had the moon and stars as candles. The angels were our acolytes who lit them.
I can never describe the beauty of this Church! Often, after a secret service, Christians were caught and sent to prison. There, Christians wear chains with the gladness with which a bride wears a precious jewel received from her beloved. The waters in prison are still. They receive His kiss and His embraces, and would not change places with kings.
…The message I bring from the Underground Church: “Don’t abandon us!” “Don’t forget us!” “Don’t write us off!”
Tortured For Christ By Richard Wurmbrand
What a blessing it is to live in a place where we can freely gather as believers, freely preach the good news of Jesus, freely hold the Word of God in our hands. But we must not forget our brothers and sisters across the globe who, at the hands of evil men, are being imprisoned, tortured, and killed because they claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” -Hebrews 13:3
At 6:30- 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 14, we are coming together to watch Love Costs Everything, a documentary about the persecuted Church, so that we will not forget our fellow-believers, whom are dearly loved by our Lord, and are likewise under severe trials for their faith.
For the 21 hours that follow, as a church-family, we will be praying for the countries that are under the most severe persecution. Then at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, we will come together for a time of worship and reflection to close our 21 hours of prayer.
Starting on November 1, there will be a sign-up in the lobby. Sign-up will be three-fold:
- You will sign-up for a 30 minute slot during the 21-hour period; for each slot, there will be an assigned country that you will be entrusted to pray for. For this 30 minute slot, you will come to room 202 at the church and pray.
- You will be handed a packet with information regarding the country you are to pray for; this packet will give you specific prayer needs, as well as ways you can continue to love and support the persecuted church.
- You will be asked to pay $1 to reserve your spot. This dollar will pay for a wristband that you are to wear to help remind you of your persecuted brothers and sisters.
See you there, Church!