A Word From Steve Jones
December 10th, 2018
Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…This Sunday all over Canada, churches will be recognizing the .......
International Day of the Persecuted Church (IDOP Sunday).
In 1987, I met Pastor Joseph Ton while he was visiting Canada. He had found the secret to overcoming aggression. Listen to his incredible insight. He writes:
“Years ago, I ran away from my country to study theology at Oxford. In 1972, when I was ready to go back to Romania, I discussed my plans with some fellow students. They pointed out that I might be arrested at the border. One student asked, ‘Joseph, what chances do you have of successfully implementing your plans?’
I asked God about it, and God brought to mind Matthew 10:16, “I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves”, and God seemed to say, “Tell me, what chance does a sheep surrounded by wolves have of surviving five minutes, let alone of converting the wolves? Joseph, that’s how I send you: totally defenseless and without a reasonable hope of success. If you are willing to go like that, go. If you are not willing to be in that position, don’t go.”
Ton writes: “After our return, as I preached, harassment and arrests came. One day during interrogation, an officer threatened to kill me. Then I said, ‘Sir, your supreme weapon is killing. My supreme weapon is dying. Sir, you know my sermons are all over the country on tapes now. If you kill me, I will be sprinkling them with my blood. Whoever listens to them after that will say, “I’d better listen; this man sealed it with his blood.” They will speak ten times louder than before. So, go on and kill me. I will win the supreme victory then.”
The officer sent him home. “That gave me pause. For years I was a Christian who was cautious because I wanted to survive. I had accepted all the restrictions the authorities put on me because I wanted to live. Now I wanted to die, and they wouldn’t oblige. Now I could do whatever I wanted in Romania. For years I wanted to save my life, and I was losing it. Now that I wanted to lose it, I was winning it.”
An estimated 180,000 Christians are being killed each year solely because they profess to being a follower of Christ. Pray for brothers and sisters in Christ to remain strong despite the hatred and hostility. Pray.
Many of us are currently enjoying a great time of fellowship within our Fellowship family in Richmond, BC, at our annual Fellowship National Conference. We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary as a Fellowship of churches (1953-2013) and the 50th Anniversary of our Fellowship International global ministry (1963-2013) during this Conference. I hope you are here for the party! Make sure you follow us on Twitter at: @FellowshipNatl. For tweeting about Fellowship National Conference use: #FNC2013.
Have a blessed week,
P.S. Please prayerfully consider giving to our FAIR Christmas project. CLICK HERE for more details. Maybe your church family might consider hosting a special offering for the FAIR Christmas project?
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)