What is a cause worth dying for?
For me, the question can feel largely theoretical – a thought to ponder while watching a PBS war documentary on Memorial Day.
But try posing the question to our Vietnamese partners who are in such sensitive situations, we must withhold their names for their own protection. Just click on this recent report on the intensifying persecution against Christians to find out why.
Right now, Cross is working with a pastor who has been arrested 168 times in 15 years for preaching the gospel! This brave man has endured beatings at the hands of the police because of his faith, only to walk out of jail and continue preaching Christ – because he values the cross more than his own life.
But the best part of the story is that God has honored his perseverance, and the police have stopped arresting him. Local officials are so impressed by his work with the poor – providing food, water, and shelter to needy families in rural Vietnam – they no longer consider him a menace. God has also blessed his business as a fruit and vegetable farmer; and while it’s still illegal to proselytize, local families are welcome to visit his church and learn about his faith.
God is doing amazing things, and we want to be a part of it. That’s why Cross is helping the Vietnamese church reach out to the poor, and it’s why we are actively seeking new ways to work with persecuted Christians throughout the world.