Monday, February 6, 2012

Our Brethren in Chains

A few days ago I mentioned The Voice of the Martyrs.  This is an organization that works to help those people who are persecuted because of their love for Jesus.  They are also a voice for these people to those of us who live in America and other "free" nations.

One of the ways in which people can help is to send letters to believers in other countries who are in prison because of their faith.  This is something that I have decided to do once a month.  It's not that hard, and it doesn't cost that much-- only the cost of postage to mail your letter.  (And of course two pieces of paper and an envelope!)

To start, go to Writing Prisoners.  From there you can click on "Writing Prisoners" at the top, and it will give you some helpful tips as well as some things to do and not to do.

Then back to the first page where you can write a letter to the "featured" prisoner or scroll to the bottom to write to someone else.  Once you click on a name, you will learn more about that person, the charges against them, and a map of their country.  To the write will be a place to click to "Encourage" them.

You may then choose twelve phrases in English.  (Don't fret.  When this prints, it will print in the language of the prisoner!)  You may arrange and rearrange these twelve phrases in any way you wish.

Then just follow the directions to print your letter and the address of the prisoner.

Before mailing it, be sure to cut off the web-address at the bottom.  (Sometimes this prints, and sometimes it doesn't.  It depends on your printer settings.)

Then take it to the post office to mail it.

What a small price to pay to share the love of God with Christians throughout the world who are willingly imprisoned because of their love for Christ!


“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”                ~~ Matthew 25:30-46

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