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Our gift of prayer

Christmas means good news of great joy. And yet, this Christmas season I also find myself reflecting on a more sobering part of the story.

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18)

Just as parents mourned their slain sons in Bethlehem in the wake of Jesus’ birth, Christian brothers and sisters in certain parts of the world are suffering grief and loss this Christmas season. I read their emails…these Christian writers and publishers in the world’s hard places.

This Christmas season, please give your gift of prayer for three specific places and MAI friends there.

Syria. More than 100,000 have died since the fighting began in 2011. Christians in some cases have been specifically targeted. Pray for Rami and Saleem, aspiring writers who attended MAI’s recent training workshop in Lebanon, and for F., who learned a day before the workshop that his sister was detained by government authorities. (Syrian children in above photo.)

Central African Republic. Pray that God will intervene to end the brutal killings and restore order. Pray for protection for pastor and missionary Anatole and his family. He has courageously tried to build bridges between Muslim and Christian leaders in the country.

South Sudan. Internal fighting threatens to destroy all the gains made toward rebuilding of this nation still recovering from years of civil war. Pray for protection and wisdom for Bishop Joseph, who is working with MAI to start a Christian publishing house and equip writers for it.

I hasten to add that the people I’ve just described reflect a remarkable joy and hope even despite the tragedies they’re experiencing. Therein lies the Good News again--that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love as evidenced by his birth in a manger and in the hearts of those trust Him.

Even so, let’s remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the world’s hard places—as we look forward to the day when Jesus “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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