Camille's editorial of January 27: Witnesses to their hope

“Let us not forget them: let us be many to listen to them and support them. We will then ourselves be witnesses of the faith and hope that dwell in them, even in the heart of desolation. »

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) President Alix Montagne said to encourage Christians to participate in the Night of Witnesses 2022.

This prayer vigil organized by the French branch of the ACN aims to pay tribute to persecuted Christians, more particularly this year, in Nigeria, Armenia and Sri Lanka. It will conclude at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart tomorrow evening in Paris.

Two news items of the day also invite us to be witnesses to the faith and hope of persecuted Christians.

Afghanistan ranks first in the 2022 Global Index of Christian Persecution by the NGO Open Doors. Hana, a partner of the organization present on site, bears witness to the persecution of Christians in this Asian country.

She also calls on Christians around the world to pray for the persecuted church in Afghanistan. “Pray that Jesus will show us what to do and give us endurance. […] Pray for the displaced who are separated from their families, pray for those whose dreams are snatched from them and pray that they will know God's comfort,” she said.

Also discover the testimonial of Wanduta, a Christian who lives in eastern Kenya. While guarding her herd of goats on January 9, five armed men, militants from the jihadist group al-Shabaab, came to meet her. She tells how she stood up to them.

The editorial of the day concludes with a slightly lighter topicality, the story of a five-year-old witness to Christ.

The little boy dreamed of Jesus and heaven. “Jesus is real,” he says in a video posted by his mother on YouTube. She admits to being quite surprised by her son's words, since she does not speak specifically of Jesus and they do not go to church.

Camille Westphal Perrier 

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