I just received an email regarding a Muslim nation in which a Youth for Christ ministry is currently being pioneered by some courageous young leaders. I wanted to share this email with you to provide you with a better idea of some of the challenges facing many of our young “world-changers” who are pioneering ministry in hostile and repressive environments across the world.
On the eve, the Parliament of T*** approved the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences, according to which the religious propaganda in the schools of the country, and residential homes as well, will be punished by a fine of 2 thousand S*** ($430 USD).
In addition, non-compliance of rules about religious education of non T*** citizens, will be punished by a fine of 2 to 4 thousand S***. In addition, a fine of 1,200 to 1,600 may also be subjected to local religious organizations, if they establish contacts with foreign organizations, without notification to the relevant government agencies in T***.
According to the deputy head of the Committee of Religious Affairs under the Government of T***, these amendments were dictated by the recent adoption of amendments to the law “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations”.
… in general, parliament members without debate adopted the proposal of the Committee of Religious Affairs.
The Youth for Christ leader who sent me this email responded to this news by quoting Acts 4:19:
But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
He asked that as things become harder we pray that they “still stand”, noting that “the Lord is in control but prayers help us to walk victorious through the troubles.”
I am humbled and encouraged by the perspective of these amazing young pioneers of the Kingdom. When they are confronted with opposition and persecution instead of praying that it will go away they ask God for the courage to continue to follow their calling no matter what the cost. They are very much like the early believers who when confronted with persecution and repression prayed “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29)
Why not join them in being a World Changer.