For the word of God is living and active and sharper that any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I apologize for being so late with this latest blog post, lots has been going on. In addition to scheduling Author Appearances for 100ThousandPoetsForChange, I am now a volunteer with The Voice of the Martyrs Be-A-Voice Network and also have been attending a Centering Prayer group. But, first I will tell you about the Be-A-Voice Network.
This is a network of people who pray for the persecuted around the world. You can do this on your own time, whenever your schedule permits. When you sign up for the network, you will receive notifications of the parts of the world that need prayer. Also, as a part of the network, you share the stories of the persecuted with your friends, family, church and church groups, Bilbe study groups etc. as a way of educating them about our brothers and sisters in Christ who do not have the same religious freedoms as we do. In addition, you can also request free copies through The Voice of the Martyrs of Richard Wurmbrand's book(the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs)Tortured for Christ which tells of his imprisonment in a Romanian prison for fourteen years where he was subjected to horrendous torture, but found the strength in his relationship with God to endure it. I have recently received the book and will start reading it this coming week.
Another aspect of this program is that of advocacy. You can write to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in prison for their faith to let them know that you are thinking of them. You can also write yours and their government officials to implore them to set them free to go home to their loved ones.
As I was telling you before, I am also incorporating Centering Prayer as well as Intercessory Prayer as a part of my volunteer work with the Be-A-Voice Network. I will be discussing Centering Prayer in my next blog post this upcoming week. I will also be posting the day, time and location of Centering Prayer group for those who wish to join the group.
I encourage all who come and visit my website and blog to please check out The Voice of the Martyrs website www.persecution.com and learn about the Be-A-Voice Network and the work of The Voice of the Martyrs and how you can help our persecuted brothers and sisters. Please feel free to post your comments about any of the blogs I have written and let me know what you think!
Blessings, Liz Ciccone