by Amy Delgado, Frontier Fellowship Board Member
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” —Habakkuk 3:2
This Lenten season, as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter, it has been hard to take our eyes off the news. We watched in awe as a large and powerful country senselessly and violently attacked its peaceful neighbor. Haunting images have been seared into our minds as people—each made in the image of God—killed innocent brothers and sisters simply because of a map’s border and the ego of their leader. A match that conjures a sense of David and Goliath.
As followers of Jesus, we trust that God will bring beauty from the ashes. Hindsight is a blessing; it allows us to look back to see how God was moving in situations when we couldn’t see Him during the trial itself. The Bible promises over and over that God’s purposes will be accomplished. As for us, we pray and act, doing the work that Jesus would do to help with the enormous humanitarian need and for the relief of suffering.
From our friends and partners on the frontier, we hear stories of conflict, turmoil and the steadfastness of believers coming to know Jesus—often at great personal risk or cost. It reminds me of Habakkuk and how his faithfulness, through prayer, expressed his trust and dependence on God despite the many trials he faced.
This Easter, in many places of the unreached world, many of our Christian brothers and sisters will worship our Risen Lord secretly, under threat of persecution. Knowing the truth, they are compelled to live with God, risking their earthly lives to gain eternal life. Still, more than 2 billion people around the globe do not yet know the Good News that we and many others celebrate today—that Jesus lives and loves each one. May we be inspired by the faithfulness of these brave Christians, and may we pray for their protection as they share the Good News of Jesus among their own people—until all have had the opportunity to hear and respond to Christ. He is risen, indeed.