We’ve been praying through Voice of the Martyrs prayer calendar – praying for a different persecuted country every day. This has been very eye-opening to my two oldest
girls – children who’ve known peace, safety, and security all their lives.
Today we studied a passage on heaven and Jesus’s second coming. At the end of the passage, Paul tells people to encourage each other with these words. I mentioned that thinking about eternity in heaven was probably very encouraging to those being persecuted, and my oldest daughter got a lightbulb idea from the Lord.
“Let’s write a note of encouragement to them about heaven!” she said.
So that became our English assignment for the day. ❤
I copied down exactly what both girls wanted to say. These are 100% their words, not mine. As we look for a place or person to mail these, I thought I’d share them here as well. ❤
Dear friend in Christ,
I’m writing to you because I want you to know that Christ is always with you and you can depend on Him to always be there. Even if your enemy is hurting you, you can know that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, will always be there in your heart and around you. You can know that at some point you will be in heaven and you will enjoy it. You will get to see the Lord who you’ve been waiting for – the One you believe in! If any of your Christian family members have been hurt or persecuted or killed, you will be able to see them up in heaven too. Just remember that Jesus, your Lord, is still with you, and you can depend on Him to help you. Every day, in every way, He will always keep His eye on you, so that He knows what is happening. Everything that is happening to you is all in His sight and it is all for good. Even though you might be alone, you can still have the Holy Spirit in your heart and you can keep Him there. He will never leave or go away. You will never leave Him. You will always be in God’s arms. Even though we, in America, haven’t gone through the persecution you have, we still have a very bad sin of not focusing on God. 😦 We can learn from you because you and your family focus on God and keep up standing up for who you believe in.
R.S., 7 years old, USA
Dear friend in Christ,
God loves you and He will always be there for you, no matter how hard your troubles are. He’s there with you! When Jesus comes back again, there will be a great celebration. He will take all of the Christians up, and, if you are one, He will take you up too. 🙂 At the end of the world, God will create a new earth and it will be part of heaven. Everyone will be satisfied in heaven and there will be no sadness. There will be no anger. There will be no dying. Everything will be happy in heaven! Whenever you have a trouble, just pray to God and He will figure out a way to solve the problem. I will meet you in heaven too! 🙂
R.J., 5 1/2 years old, USA