Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3 ESV
This morning we go into day two of Jacob Pursley’s appeal for prayers for Armenia in this off and on war with Turkey and Azerbaijan. As I watched and listened, I remembered this verse and how it is so easy for us, here in the Western world, to complain about small things. A leaky toilet, a termite problem or a higher tax bill can prevent us from seeing the suffering of others. The Bible reminds us that we are a part of the world of our brothers and sisters. When we enter into that spiritual connection with them, we will both be enriched: they by our prayers and we by the richness of their faith. I love how Jacob ends his second video by saying that the only true solution to the hatred and spiritual evil behind this war, is the good news of Jesus Christ. So let us pray for not only Armenia, but also for the Christians in Turkey and Azerbaijan, that God will open a door for them to share the gospel, and that hearts may be changed, and nations won for Jesus Christ.
Watching a video update by missionary Jacob Pursley on the current situation in Armenia stunned my heart. Jacob is the son of our friend Dow Pursley who once taught at the Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit. Jacob left for Turkey with his wife Lisa 20 years ago and served there until moving across the border into Armenia in 2017. I am posting his video on the almost untold and unknown war going on in which Armenia has come under attack from Turkey and Azerbaijan. This is the first of a two-part series. Note that Jacob is not looking for our financial support but for our prayers. In Hebrews 13:5 Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us. On our part we should never forsake praying for any of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This is a short video that our church filmed recently highlighting the opportunity and need for nursing home outreach. For those of you who have followed by blog for a while you know that my passion has been to reach into Long Term Care homes around our community. Ministering to the needs of residents is about more than simply singing a few songs or showing up on the holidays. Serving the needs of those in long term care means also reaching the community around them, including family members, staff and other volunteers. My prayer is that you will hear God’s call to give time, energy, prayer and resources in this New Year ahead to make a difference in the lives of those in the Long Term Care Community.