In China, Brother Hahn (name changed to protect identity) talked about how they would seek God. “In our hidden Bible school, we would get up at 4:30 am, then take time for prayers, starting to preach and teach at 5:00 am then finish at 10:00 pm. In the mist of the teaching and preaching, there was prayer for people. There were many miracles. We would break for lunch and dinner yet at the same time as we were eating we would be praying intensely. For lunch we would have simple meals – it is hard to remember exactly what meals we ate or the time it would take to eat as we focused so much on the teaching and preaching and prayers.”
“In Bible school we did not have any spices, or peppers or oil for cooking, only dried vegetables as they were the cheapest. Not much rice, just noodles and preserved sweet corn, the cheapest there was to eat. Many times we would just pray and fast. Once the police found our Bible school, there were 4 teachers, 2 brothers and 2 sisters who were caught. They were interrogated and treated roughly.”
“Since then we persevered, not quitting the faith, and have ministered to groups of over 30,000 at a time. After the meeting of 30,000 people coming to hear, we would have to run away and hide, so we would not be caught by the police. After a big meeting of 30,000, then we could not stay in one area for more than two days or the police would catch us, though some of the local people would be caught by police. In China there still are areas in the mountains where whole villages do not know Jesus.”
Jesus said in Matthew 10:23, “When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
Take a moment to ask God to strengthen the believers in persecuted nations. Pray that God’s truth about Jesus would be shared through all nations. Then ask yourself if there are areas where you need to be more faithful even when things don’t seem to be turning out well.