We support a missionary, Carol, who for thirty years has faithfully served God in Austria, ministering to thousands of refugees, most of whom have escaped persecution from Muslim countries. In her latest newsletter, Carol tells about a recent refugee, Zeba, who came to saving faith through a friendship with a believing co-worker in Iran. Due to her strict Muslim husband, she eventually had to flee.
But, says Zeba, “Although I used to be a University Professor in Iran and had much prestige, money and possessions, which I will never be able to have here in Austria, I don’t regret leaving for a moment because I have Jesus and I am free. That’s all that matters.”
This month we celebrate the freedom we have here in the United States, but Zeba’s story reminds us that true freedom is found only in Jesus. And his freedom is available to everyone. Second Corinthians 3:17 says that “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,” and no one can take that freedom from us, no matter where we live–even in Iran!
I encourage you to focus on living in the freedom that is yours in Christ.
Galatians 5:1 exhorts us to stand firm and not let ourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Be reminded to stand against whatever “yoke of slavery” is threatening to steal your freedom in Christ, whether it’s the yoke of fear or shame or past failures and sins or whatever flaming arrow the enemy is throwing at you. Remember, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
I also encourage you to pray for Carol’s ministry to these refugees, and particularly for Zeba. Your support enables us to continue to help Carol and others, who are faithfully serving God in difficult places.
Summer months always seem to be a challenging time, as contributions seem to “take a vacation” during July and August. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help us financially this month. I truly thank God for your partnership with us.
Grace and peace,
PS: Our Israel tour in March 2018 is filling up! Don’t miss this opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. You’ll find all the details here.
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