Sarah Liu has an amazing testimony of faithfulness to Jesus. After becoming a Christian, she knew it would cost everything. Because she told others about Jesus, Sarah was arrested, tortured, and put in prison for 6 years. In this episode, Sarah shares about the persecution of Christians in China, and what we can do about it.
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At one of the 2014 Voice of the Martyrs regional conferences, I was able to interview Xianzhi “Sarah” Liu. Sarah is an amazing woman of God. Not only is her story powerful, but she is extremely humble and kind. In this episode, Sarah answers some common questions that you may have about the Christian persecution in China. Some of the questions Sarah answers are, Why are people hostile to Christians in China?, How do non-Christians (not in power) in China view the persecution of Christians?, How many people are coming to the Lord through the persecution of Christians?, and What was your reaction of coming to America?.
This is a short documentary on Sarah Liu’s story and the persecution in China. Sarah’s Trail of Blood by Voice of the Martyrs.
3 ways Sarah recommends to support the persecuted Church
Pray for the persecuted Christians around the world.
Many people undermine prayer because they just don’t do it. We say that we believe in the power of prayer, but it is easy to forget to actually pray. I’m guilty myself, but Sarah encouraged us in the episode to pray for the persecuted Christians around the world. We as Christian leaders need to understand that prayer is the most effective thing to do for the persecuted Church.
Use your God given gifts to help.
I love the different parts of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12) because we all have unique relationships, skills, resources, and gifts that allow us to help serve others, especially persecuted Christians in suppressed countries. God has given you a unique opportunity to serve the Church, so use your gifts for his Glory.
Bring awareness to your church.
Now that you know about the persecution that goes on in many countries, including China, you can share this with your circle of influence to spread awareness of the injustice. Voice of the Martyrs has many excellent resources to share with the people in your church. Many times bringing to light issues of social injustice starts with a passionate spokesperson.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”” (Matthew 16:24–28, ESV)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2–4, ESV)
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