11/8/11

Kathi Macias, God's Warrior Scribe

Tomorrow, I want to share an interview with Dr. Carl Moeller of Open Doors about the Persecuted Church today and what it can teach us in America; but I don't want this year's International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) to pass by (November 13) without praise for a precious, insightful series of books on this topic.

After I read Kathi Macias' first book in her "Extreme Devotion" series about the Persecuted Church, I told Kathi she had turned me into a fiction reader, because I sensed a greater purpose behind the powerful story.

Kathi is a fighter ~ this warrior scribe fights for things that matter. She fights for the injustice of sex trafficking (as in her new book, Deliver Me From Evil); and in this series of books (published by New Hope Publishers), she fights for our brothers and sisters in the Persecuted Church.

I want to invite you to read all three books, because they will scratch away any complacency in your heart and mind regarding the persecuted saints. You will feel the sobering pain of believers who, just like you and me, want to follow Christ ~ but probably unlike you and me, they pay a high cost to simply claim the name of Jesus.

No Greater Love (2010), based near Pretoria, South Africa, tells the story of forbidden romance, but much more. It's the story of martyrdom, forgiveness, and selfless love.

Red Ink (2010) ~ Golden Scroll Book Awards' 2011 Novel of the Year ~ is based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a prison sentence in China for her stand for and promotion of the Truth.

People of the Book (2011), set in Saudi Arabia, is the story of a young woman who discovers the truth about Isa (Jesus) and soon finds her faith put to the test.

Because we live in so much comfort, with so many distractions, American believers must make a special effort to think about and pray for believers around the world ~ not just on one special day, but as often as God brings them to mind.

They need our prayers, and God works through prayer!

As my friend Vernon Brewer, founder of World Help ~ another organization that touches the lives of suffering Christ-followers ~ said in a recent newsletter, "Although it is difficult for us to understand as Americans, religious freedom is a tremendous luxury that we often take for granted. Most of us have not been required to suffer greatly for our faith.

"Even so, we cannot forget these courageous believers who must rely on God's protection to survive every day."

On November 13, join hands with others to pray that these Christ-followers will stay strong in the midst of the enemy's attacks.

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us."
Romans 8:35, 37 NASB

2 comments:

Kathi Macias said...

Thank you so much for this lovely post, Dawn, and for your heart for the persecuted Church. I might mention that there's a fourth book in the series, too. It's called More than Conquerors and is set in the Southern part of Mexico where the Mayan influence is strong and "Evanglicos" are not welcomed--in fact, they have been known to disappear without a trace. Please continue to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, as well as for those held in bondage in human trafficking!

Dawn Wilson said...

Thanks for letting me know, Kathi. I didn't know about that one.