We have been praying for persecuted Christians all around the world! I love this part of our day SO much, that I just had to share it with you all!
First, I signed up to get weekly updates from the Voice Of The Martyrs website (see here, the sign-up is on the right side). So at the beginning of each week I print off the update, then every day, we read about the featured "stories", find the country for each story on the map, pray for them, and then as we spin the globe, we sing (and claim) a song like "This is My Fathers World".
I can't tell you how many times, after reading a story and praying, that as we begin to sing I end up just breaking into tears. Sure, sure, I'm a bit emotional right now...But it is more than that.
Monday and Tuesday last week, our focus was on Afghanistan. Since we have a young lady from our church serving over there as a teacher right now, the boys already knew Joanna and about her mission. We have been praying for her almost a year now.
(she is at the bottom left-hand side of the board)10 of her friends were killed on a mission to help sick people, and we talked about how sad Joanna is about them dying, but that she knows they did not die in vain. Trusten reminded us all that in the end, the Lord will have the victory...that this is OUR FATHERS WORLD after all!!!
It's powerful to pray and sing with your kids over issues like these and discuss the Lord's soverignty. Plus, I love that they are learning about other countires and how to locate them on the globe!
It's also quite amusing at times to see how these story/prayer times inspire the boys:
Here Trusten drew a picture of the Christians being protected by the "bad guys"...
He explained that Jesus has put a shield in front of them-and that is just what he's been praying for Joanna, that God would put a shield around here! Amen to that!
The "bad guys" in this story, weren't so fortunate...