The month of January is always exciting because of how God uses the World Watch List to draw attention to the needs of persecuted Christians around the world. But this January, something new happened too.
Author and researcher Ed Stetzer invited Willow Creek Community Church to write encouraging letters to Christians facing persecution in Turkey. The letters, which Ed forwarded to be delivered by Open Doors, offered a heartwarming display of Christian unity as Chicago-area believers let Turkish Christians know “you are not alone.”
As I looked through the letters that arrived at our offices, it struck me how critically important small gestures like these were. These little pieces of paper literally connect American Christians with our persecuted brothers and sisters overseas. And they sometimes arrive just in time to encourage believers who are in the middle of hardship–strengthening them in the same way you might be strengthened if a friend sent a card to you while you were hospitalized or grieving.