Right now, when we think about persecuted Christians, surely the terror happening in the Iraq & Syria comes to mind. Christian children being slaughtered in front of their parents refusing to denounce their faith. Families fleeing into the deserts, leaving everything they’ve known for the name of Jesus. It’s unfathomable to us here in America. We’ve been a nation representing freedom for centuries, and last night, our call to the Lord was freedom from persecution and oppression for our brothers & sisters in Christ around the world. Not just in the Middle East, but everywhere freedom is limited.
It’s easy to take it for grated here in America. Our freedom. Freedom to worship. To gather in the name of Jesus. To homeschool. In reality, all across the globe, people must gather in secret to proclaim their love for the Lord. And in countless countries, listed at the end of this post, homeschooling is illegal. We get stuck in a place here of busy-ness and wondering- what can we do?
It’s as simple as crying out. Praying. And teaching our children to do the same.
Proverbs 31:8-9The Message (MSG)
“Speak up for the people who have no voice,
for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!”
In last night’s prayer call, I was joined by the two lovely ladies behind Planet Mommyhood and the movement called #iamyourvoice. Click the arrow from your computer or smart phone, and together’ let’s cry out to the Lord for freedom. And remember to give thanks for ours, especially today, as we remember 9-11, 2001.
A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Look over the trouble we’re in and call for help.
Send for some singers who can help us mourn our loss.
Tell them to hurry—
to help us express our loss and lament,
Help us get our tears flowing,
make tearful music of our crying.
Listen to it!
Listen to that torrent of tears out of Zion:
‘We’re a ruined people,
we’re a shamed people!
We’ve been driven from our homes
and must leave our land!’”
Mourning women! Oh, listen to God’s Message!
Open your ears. Take in what he says.
Teach your daughters songs for the dead
and your friends the songs of heartbreak.
And let us join in prayer that the following countries where homeschooling is forbidden change the laws to allow families the right to homeschool.
- Bosnia and Herz
- El Salvador
- San Marino
- Trinidad and Tobago
And for other countries, like Bulgaria, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, and The Netherlands, to loosen the binding laws and make the regulations easier for families to comply.
For more information on homeschool persecution, visit HSLDA International.