It is good that the April issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research that came out yesterday coincides with Holy Week, for this quarter’s theme is the experience of Christians under pressure in various parts of the world. One bracing consolation that persecuted Christians can rely on is that God in Christ shares their experience through Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Included in the issue is my article, “A Toll on the Soul: Costs of Persecution among Pakistan’s Christians.” It is based on a talk I was invited to give at the American Society of Missiology Eastern Fellowship’s gathering at the Maryknoll Mission Institute in November 2014.
The IBMR issue also includes: Duleep de Chickera, former bishop of Colombo and now a member of the WCC’s Commission on International Affairs, on the persecution of Christians and Muslims in Sri Lanka; Mary Mikhael, former president of the Near East School of Theology and now with the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, on the situation of Christians in Syria; Peter Tze Ming Ng, who teaches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and at Fuller Seminary, on Chinese Christians under pressure; and a report from the Korea Research Institute for Mission on Korean missionaries unable to return to service. An exposition of the Old Testament book of Lamentations, “Lamentations: A Book for Today,” by Christopher Wright of the Langham Partnership provides a helpful biblical foundation for concern for suffering religious communities.
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