“…a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12b).
As I meet with Christians who are suffering around the world, I am acutely reminded that our King has shaped us to partner together with others members of His Body.
In fact, at VOM, our belief is that we have family members who are suffering persecution because of their faith and that God has called us to stand with them. That is the heart of VOM's mission.
The international projects that enable us to “stand with them” always involve partnership. We pursue partnerships with indigenous leaders who are already faithfully ministering within their own context and ask them how we can join them in their ministry. We love to meet with these types of bold believers and to help them take the ministry God has gifted them with even further.
Last year, I met one of these faithful sisters in South Asia. This lovely lady has been ministering within her own culture since 1926. Many of those years she served former Muslims who chose to follow Christ—even though it cost them dearly! Nobody knows exactly how old she is (birthdays are not commonly celebrated where she lives), but her colleagues believe she is more than 100 years old. I had a difficult time communicating verbally with her because of her advanced age and the language barrier. But, I couldn’t help but reflect on how exciting it will be one day to sit with her in heaven and hear how God used her to enrich the lives of the countless people that she served. She has made incredible spiritual investments and I want to celebrate the harvest with her!
When we partner together, with all of our feeble individual strands, there is an incredible “Return on Investment” for our King and His Kingdom.
None of us are extraordinary. We are fragile, weak human beings. And we work with normal human beings overseas—there aren’t any supermen out in the field. But, in God’s economy, our weakness is made into strength—for His glory. As we join together on our knees, and as we show up each day ready to serve wherever our King has called us, we experience His power and the fruit of some very meaningful work!
Dr. Jason Peters serves in VOM’s International Ministries department, traveling frequently to meet with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. He lived overseas for five years and has ministered in 28 countries as diverse as Cuba, Nepal, Iraq and Indonesia. He and his wife, Kimberly, along with their five children, count it a great honor to serve with the persecuted church.