Friday, May 10, 2013

A Critical Moment.

Tomorrow Saturday May 11th churches all over Syria, including Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox,  will come together united as one body and one mind in Christ to cry out to the Lord. Our brothers and sisters are reaching out to the body world wide, that we may also come along side them and join with them in prayer and (if you can) fasting. Syria is #11 on the World Watch List of Countries where persecution is currently. Click here for more information or continue reading.

Prior to the civil war Christians in Syria were allowed to meet and yet even then, their meetings were monitored.  In this country Christians who have come from a Muslim background face opposition from not only their family members and friends, but now from foreign extremist fighters and mercenaries. Many Christians have been kidnapped, hurt or killed, their churches destroyed and many have had to flee for their lives.

I received word of this call to a day of prayer and fasting with a few requests from the church. Please pray for:
-healing for the injured and comfort for those who have lost loved ones
-end to the bloodshed
-the children; their childhood has been stolen from them
-unity and reconciliation among churches and denominations to continue
-Christians will be rooted in their own land without fear of violence
I hope that you who are reading this recognize the significance of such a call to prayer.  God is awakening a nation and awakening Christians from all denominations to bind together and strengthen their faith through prayer. Such a demonstration of the love of Christ is a miracle to me, to see a great many people from different backgrounds come together under the circumstances. May we, the believers here in America, see and learn from our brothers and sisters in Syria. I hope that you will join me in praying for Syria tomorrow.

After all, if we do not pray who will?

"Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die..."

[Revelation 3:2]

-A.

P.S. The path we have chosen is the one less traveled, it is the narrow way [Matthew 7:13-14] but let us remember that Jesus has over come the world. [John 16:33]


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Revelation awaits an appointed time.

"For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.  Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."
[Habakkuk 2:3]

God gives us many visions, dreams and hopes for the future.  Our hearts will desire many things in this life, but as I have learned we must wait until God puts these things into motion otherwise in our own strength we will destroy what we have so long hoped for.

This is how I feel about Cambodia.

Before I was a Christian and wholeheartedly following the Lord, God was already preparing my heart to love the country and the people of Cambodia. I viewed the film "The Killing Fields" in a high school history class and since then have not been able to keep my mind away from it. I imagined myself traveling the country and meeting many people, taking many pictures.  However at that time there was nothing more than that, no higher purpose.  Since then the Lord has shaped me and I have surrendered the gifts of art that he has entrusted to me back to Him. I know that five years ago if I had gone to Cambodia I would not have been as strong as I need to be, nor would I have been prepared to do the will of God.

I can see that there is a path but I can also see that I have a ways to go.  Until the appointed time I will wait and I will hold fast to the truth of God and his will. And I will also hold onto the hope that someday I will travel to Cambodia and serve his kingdom there however I can.

-A.

P.S. This is a fairly simple post, but I thought that it could encourage someone just as the word encouraged me.