Blackout is serious.

It may seem like a youth event but it’s really for the whole church.

Our youth pastor, Dave Davison writes:

“Over the weekend 24th – 26th October the young people are holding another 48 hour ‘Blackout’ event. This year the focus will be on the Open Doors Secret Church initiative. Secret Church is a powerful, interactive worship experience that will help you to journey deeper into the world of the persecuted church. Designed for both youth and adult groups, it’s an inspiring introduction to real-life worship of the persecuted believers around the world…..

“On Saturday we will also be holding Cafe Prayer from 10am to midday. We will text and invite people to come at a given time to join with others to pray for believers in a specific country

“In North Africa, Christians gather in a cafe and chat to one another. Only they are not chatting, but praying. It looks like they are just having an ordinary conversation – eyes open, people nodding and agreeing. But they are praying in such a way that the group doesn’t attract attention. ….”

Persecution and suffering of Christians brothers and sisters around the world is often severe and unspeakable. In other places persecution is oppressive and intimidating. Those of us who take prayer letters from organisations like Open Doors and Barnabus Fund are familiar of the details of this reality.

For more information do go to the Blackout and Secret Church web pages.

Yet we are not approaching this in a spirit of despair because Romans 8 reminds us:

“‘‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’”, [but] in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And Hebrews 11 tells us what motivates those who have faith, because they are “looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God”, and “they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

Why not sign up (this is a requirement for these 2 events, and if you’re a regular at Freshbrook you know this involves a clipboard! Or via the church office) to these events and raise your own awareness of what some of our brothers and sisters are going through, and in so doing learn how you can deepen your prayer and concern for them. Feel free to contact the church office for further details.

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