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A few months ago I began studying the Bible book of Nehemiah. One of the resources I'm using in my study is Kelly Minter's book Nehemiah, a heart that can break. From the start of the book, I've been struck by Nehemiah's heart that responds to the problems of others. I've been moved as I've read about how he took the needs he saw to God in prayer and then acted. I've been praying that God would heighten my awareness of needs around me and how He wants me to respond.
Since I've been praying, God led me to Prison Fellowship Ministry and then to weekly luncheoning with my sister.
For the past several months my son Daniel has been talking about a ministry with which I was previously vaguely familiar: Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). Today I went over to their website. I felt impressed to start setting aside time each week to:
- Read a few paragraphs about a brother or sister in the Lord who is imprisoned for their faith.
- Pray for that person
- Compose/choose 12 phrases that VOM has set up to be in the receiver's language.
- Print the 12-phrase letter
- Address and set up the envelope for this letter
- Take the letter to the post office and pay and mail it
From start to finish it will take less than one hour per week. Aside from the post office part I can do this at any time of the day or night. This is a tangible way I can encourage and "make a difference" for a brother or sister in the Lord who's suffering for our Savior. Wow - what an honor.