Following the Good Shepherd
Last Sunday, Pastor comforted us with words about our Good Shepherd caring for His sheep. As members of Trinity, we can see this happening as each Sunday we gather for worship. We don’t fear that when we arrive at church, the doors will be locked, soldiers will be on guard with guns, and our beloved sanctuary up in flames.
But that’s exactly what my friend from Pakistan’s family witnessed a couple of weeks ago when a neighboring church and school was set ablaze by militants. After my friend shared a video from her neighbors with me before Sunday’s Bible Class, I asked Pastor for prayer for safety as my friend flies back to Pakistan this week. If there ever was a time this international student needed to find the still waters of rest it was now. What awaits back home—in a country where Christians are persecuted daily is certainly on her mind and heart. And it should also be on our hearts as well—because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This week, please include my friend and her family and her church in your prayers for persecuted Christians … as they are deemed as “dirty” and “shameful” by some of their unbelieving neighbors.
We also can rest in the fact that our friend is a Christian and that God’s promise to her is comforting: “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:3-4
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Kate Cole is a forgiven sinner who has had the privilege to work internationally and serve Jesus with LCMS World Missions in Africa. Her daily goal is to know Jesus and make Him known.