Today I wanted to write about how four years ago this day I got to fly all the way to New York City for the surprise of my life. My husband got done on one knee, on a cold night in Rockefeller Center, and asked me to marry him.
It was a moment I never want to forget, and quite honestly, would love to spend time writing and thinking about. I love reliving that weekend.
But there is something else that’s more important. It’s Human Rights Day. You might know from other blog posts that I feel very passionate about the atrocities being committed around the world against innocent people. Everyday there are children, women and men being exploited. For money. For their bodies. For their labor.
In China, people do not have the right to freedom of religion. Millions of Christians hide their faith from the government for fear of being jailed or even killed. We have seen their plight firsthand.
Tonight, I ask you to read the quote below. It’s from a young man, likely in his late teens or early twenties. He was a bible student living in a rural village in Central China. One night, we traveled dark country roads for several hours to find his home. There, we gathered to pray and encourage people in his village. This is what he said, taken straight from his mouth and then translated for us on video:
“You have come a long way, just to stay for a short while, but you can’t imagine how important your visit is because working in rural areas like this you face persecution. Sometimes you can feel very lonely. We are human beings too, but when we know other Christians are praying for us…we are very encouraged and blessed.”
Every time I hear “We are human beings too” I tear up. Tonight, I want you to think about all the people in our world who don’t feel human…those who have been treated like animals and told they don’t matter. We may not be able to rescue every one of them but we should know that they can feel our prayers. Prayer is the easiest thing we can do and the most powerful act we can offer.
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