Monday, November 5, 2012

Be a link in the Christmas chain

A Christian prisoner in Cuba was asked to sign a statement containing charges against fellow Christians that would lead to their arrest. He said: “The chain keeps me from signing this.”

The Communist officer protested, “But you are not in chains!”

“I am,” said the Christian. “I am bound by the chain of witnesses who throughout the centuries gave their lives for Jesus Christ. I am a link in this chain. I will not break it.”

This December, consider joining with our brothers and sisters by becoming a link in the Christmas chain!

Last year, our sister mission, Release International, began a Christmas chain campaign in the UK as a creative way to remember our persecuted family. Churches created Christmas paper chains and used them to decorate sanctuaries, Sunday school rooms, and Christmas trees.

On each link in the chain was written the name of a persecuted believer along with the name of the Christian who assembled the link. The names of our persecuted brothers and sisters can be found on this blog, in our prayer alert, and in our newsletter.

Many congregations in the UK then gave five minutes or so during each Sunday service in December to hear the story of one of the persecuted Christians listed on the chain. This was done not to dampen the joy of Christmas, but rather to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

Why not consider joining us in creating a chain of your own this Christmas?

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