Writing Ideas Sprout from the Ashes of Persecution

“I bring you greetings from the Soviet Church!”

Tears ran down my face as I heard this historic statement from a guest speaker at a writer’s conference.

It was the early 90s. The Wall fell, the Soviet Union opened up and Christians began to leave the darkness of their hidden churches to come into the light of freedom. As time passed, they practiced their faith openly. Everyone thought persecution had ended.

It didn’t. As the Soviet Union became Russia, persecution crawled out and raised its ugly head in the Middle East and other communist countries like China and North Korea.

Sunday, November 13, was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Christians everywhere joined in prayer for their persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Your church may have even participated.

Did you ever think about writing about it?

Profiles

This issue so impacted me I contacted two ministries that serve the persecuted church—Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors. They gave me stories to tell. I combined these stories into a piece for a high school Sunday School take-home paper. It helped raise awareness of persecution for these students.

How can you use the stories of persecuted Christians? Do you know someone who escaped persecution? How can you tell their story?

A Call to Action

What can you write that will take your reader beyond awareness into action? Who can you interview for insight? Does your denomination take an active role in this issue? What ministries can you highlight? What political leaders can you interview?

Offer your readers practical direction. Awareness is good. Action is better.

Broaden the Scope

What other areas are affected by this issue? What does God teach you through it? How has it changed you? What do you learn about loving others? What do you learn about serving others? What is the impact of apathy in the church?

This is one of the most important issues of our time. As writers, we play an important role. We can use our craft to help our brothers and sisters as they suffer for their faith.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on November 17, 2011, in writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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