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Lessons from the persecuted church part one: Forgiveness


06 November 2018

Cris Rogers, Rector of All Hallows Bow in London, recently travelled to Lebanon to meet Open Doors' local church partners who are serving Syrian refugees. In this short video he explains why this is so surprising, and what we can learn from the church in Lebanon about forgiveness.

Reflect

Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”

Is there someone you to need to forgive? Take a moment to pray and ask God to help you.

Pray

Pray for our church family in Lebanon. Thank God for the forgiveness and love they have shown to those that they once called their enemies. Ask God to give them the strength and resources to continue this work. And pray for the Syrian refugees that they are serving, that God will provide for all their needs.

Stand with your church family in the Middle East

Open Doors works through local partners in Lebanon to provide food packages and other vital aid for Syrian refugees, as well as spiritual support, Christian literature, and projects such as a school for Syrian refugee children.

You can help the church in Lebanon to continue to show radical love to the Syrian refugees they are serving. Give a gift to support the work of Open Doors local partners in Lebanon and the Middle East.

In Syria itself, Open Doors local church partners are keeping 12,000 families alive with vital aid such as food and medicines, alongside long-term projects. Every £26 could provide a monthly emergency relief pack for a family in Syria. This could include food, clothing, medicines, shelter, and heating during the freezing winter. 

Why not make your church family from Syria a part of your Christmas celebrations at your local church? Order a free Sing for Syria church pack, bursting with resources and ideas to help you get started.

MORE IN THIS SERIES:

Lessons from the persecuted church part two: Unexpected gifts

Lessons from the persecuted church part three: Making Jesus your all

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