Over the weekend as I was remembering the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, I was reading this brand new book by the Reverend Eric Foley called These Are the Generations.
This is a relatively short book, about 120 pages, that is packed with the inspiring family story of the "Bae" family. I found myself wanting to savor every word of this book, as I read the inspiring background of the grandfather in this family.
I have to say that reading about the grandfather and how he not only prayed and fasted and heard the voice of the Lord, but then reading about his obedience to what the Lord told him - including burning his families bibles. It was like reading from the pages of scripture and seeing how the Lord did miracles straight from the bible. I even got my husband to buy his own copy to read and he did!
I cannot recommend reading this book enough, which is why it's a great time to get the book since it's our current featured book. Please click here and get your copy today. I promise you that you will be inspired and challenged in your faith.
Please also remember the North Korean Christians in your prayers today.
Here's more about the book These Are the Generations:
This powerful book describes God's work in North Korea through three generations of the Bae family, beginning with a family member during World War II and continuing through to his grandson, who was forced to flee after spending a year in a North Korean prison.
Their faith is unique among North Korea believers--it has been carefully passed on to each generation without outside contribution. The Bae family's story provides a rare, first-person account of life for underground Christians in this isolated nations and offers insight into the many hardships belivers have faced since the founding of communist North Korea.
Christians like the Bae family are extremely rare in North Korea. Most North Korean Christians learn about Christ in China or South Korea and take him--and a fair amount of systematic teaching and resources--back with them to North Korea. But the Baes from an altogether different part of the sheep fold. Born of the martyrs, they are among the remnant 7,000 who have not bowed to Baal (1 Kings 19:18). The Baes are heirs to the bold faith of the ancestors, guardians of the gospel in arguably the most idolatrous country in modern history.
"This may sound like a very unusual ending to a story about Christian faithfulness across generations, but North Korea is a very unusual place to be faithful. In North Korea, faithfulness is not something Christians are while they are busy doing other Christians things. It's what they do with their minds and souls and bodies and strength, and it almost always comes at the cost of their lives. So it is a very precious thing, and it means that our stories oftne have unusual beginnings and unusual endings. Like this one." --Mr. Bae