And you can become one, too.
Recently I received an email from Christian Freedom International (CFI) inviting me to become a Freedom Fighter.
For about 50 cents per day, or $15 a month, you can support CFI’s Huai Kalok Bible Institute, supporting persecuted Burmese peoples.
I am familiar with CFI’s work with Burmese refugees in this country; their Freedom Inn is a model for how to treat refugees in America and to show Christian love and hospitality to people who desperately need love, care and a sense of belonging and purpose.
So, I talked it over with my husband, and we decided to accept the invitation.
On Wednesday of this week, I was in the shower when I heard loud pounding on the front door. Not once, and not for a minute, but several times over the course of about 5 minutes. There was no way I was going to jump out of the shower and greet a visitor. I figured that whoever it was would leave a note or call me later. After dressing, I went to see if my unexpected visitor left a note or something. Yes! There it was, a little orange note from was my postman, Kevin.
Apparently, I had a registered letter from Thailand that I needed to sign for. I began to wonder who I knew in Thailand, and came up blank. The note said that I wouldn’t be able to pick up the letter until the next day, and knowing that I was getting impatient, my husband went out on his lunch hour to try to track down our mailman. Sadly, Kevin and his truck were no where to be found. Oh, well. I’d just have to wait.
Finally, on Thursday, I went to my local post office to sign for the letter. It wasn’t a letter after all; it was a package containing my T-shirt and note from the Huai Kalok Bible Institute in Thailand for being a Freedom Fighter. I never guessed that’s what it would be; I thought the T-shirt would take weeks to reach me, and it would come from CFI in Michigan. What a nice surprise!
I felt so excited to receive the shirt, but it was second place to that note.
That short but important, handwritten note on robin’s egg blue scrap paper made my eyes tear. For a few moments, I sat and wondered about that note, and the person who wrote it for me. I prayed, not just as the note said, but also for that person who wrote it. Somehow, I felt a connection to the anonymous writer, as if we shared a secret bond.
And we do. That person who lives roughly 8,354 miles from my hometown (I Googled it!) and I know that there are Christians all over the world who are persecuted for their faith, but North Korea is the worst place for a Christian to live.
North Korea has consistently made the top of the World Watch List as the world’s worst offender of persecuting Christians-for 14 years! That’s a really long time to endure prison camps, torture, lack of any sort of freedom, or having basic, decent human needs met. It’s been such a long time now, that there are children that have been born in the camps that are becoming teenagers and have never known what it is like to live outside of a prison camp. It makes me cry. How much longer, Lord?
That person who wrote that note and I also know that God tells us to “remember” the persecuted, & prayer is our weapon against persecution. That’s where we find our comfort: in God, his Word, and praying with others.
That torn and tattered simple note now bears the honor of being taped right about my desk, as a daily reminder of that bond that stranger and I share. After all, he or she is my sibling in Christ, even though we do not know one another and probably never will this side of heaven.
It’s a wonderful and humbling experience.
You, too, can become a Freedom Fighter, and receive a shirt and handwritten note, and support persecuted Christians in Burma and the United States by clicking on this link:
Christian Freedom International is an organization that has a strong heart for helping persecuted Christians around the world by meeting both their spiritual and physical needs. They are also strong voices in Washington, D.C. as advocates of religious freedoms.
Christian Freedom International scores 3 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator.
Christian Freedom International is not affiliated with Christian Persecution Report.