On November 3rd, believers around the world will participate in an international day of prayer for persecuted Christians. In much of the world, the plight of these men, women, and children is dire. While you and I can hardly imagine the suffering and difficulties believers in other countries experience-the Bible tells us that we’re to “remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being (y)ourselves also in the body”. On this Stand in the Gap Weekend program, Dede Laugesen with Save the Persecuted Christians, is going to give us an update from the perspective of someone who’s on the frontlines in the battle against worldwide persecution. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-host: Gary Dull Guest: Dede Laugesen
Saving the Persecuted Church
October 6, 2019
October 6, 2019 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Dede Laugesen
The Untold Story of the Persecuted Churches During the 2020 Pandemic
May 24, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Justin Murff
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, many of us have become tone deaf to the mainstream media news-and for good reason. The endless analysis of what’s being done and not being done have caused many of us to inwardly groan. We’d rather get back to the business of living. Whether that’s the case with you or not, there’s one aspect of this crisis that’s rarely, if ever, discussed on the news. But it’s one you’ll want to be aware of, and that is the devastating economic effect the worldwide lock down is having on the persecuted church. Those that were already subjected to criticism and harassment in largely Muslim countries are experiencing increasing hatred and threats directed at them because they call themselves Christians. In some instances, they’re blamed for the Coronavirus pandemic and restricted even more when it comes to business, travel, and worship. Because of the quarantine, they can’t make a living and there’s no government to bail them out. It’s in these moments that the Christian persecuted Church has the opportunity to exchange evil with good and hatred with love. At great cost to themselves, these persecuted believers are sharing food and necessities with the poorest of the poor affected by the Coronavirus policies. Our guest on this program is going to help us understand how to pray and help our fellow persecuted Christians. Host: Isaac Crockett Co-hosts: Sam Rohrer, Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Justin Murff
Regathering the Disassembled Church
May 17, 2020 • Keith Wiebe, Mike Frazier, Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull
Most of us have never experienced life in a country hostile to Christianity, though we’re increasingly feeling the heat from those who want to extinguish our religious freedoms. Places like North Korea, China, predominantly Muslim countries, and others routinely harass, jail, persecute, beat and even kill believers. Their death doesn’t make the evening news, but it does make the heavenly roll call. While some have been called to die a martyr’s death and thereby receive the martyr’s crown, others have been called to sound the alarm, resist tyranny, and boldly call authorities to task in the name of our God-given right to worship how, when, and where the Holy Spirit leads us. Humble but obedient Pastors have often spearheaded these efforts and suffered greatly. Pastor Christian Ionescu from Romania said this, "I immigrated (to the US) in 1987 from a country where the government could close down and even demolish churches at will! But in the end [the government] lost, because a few pastors stood up to the tyranny and (the) people followed." As we consider the encroaching restrictions state and local authorities are enacting on our own cities and towns, it’s time Pastors and churches begin to consider what a regathering of their people should look like. The hosts on this program interview two Pastors about how and why they’re planning to open their churches for services within the next few weeks. Hosts: Dr. Keith Wiebe Co-host: Sam Rohrer Guest: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Pastor Mike Frazier
Where is Your Faith?
May 3, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Jerry Thacker
This program features a recorded interview with a man who recently lost his brother to the Coronavirus; but as you’ll hear, even this tragedy isn’t the first to affect his life. A battle with AIDS and the heartbreaking death of a teenage son are painful circumstances that would destroy most men. When we’re talking about life and death situations, knowing and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can make all the difference. If you’ve lost a loved one or friend because of the Coronavirus, or any other circumstance, you know the grief that becomes a part of your daily life. The ache that never goes away and the memories that grow sadly fainter with the years. If you’re going through something like that right now, or if you know someone who is, you’ll want to listen to this story of tragedy and triumph. While we know the truths of God’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence, that He’s all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere-when you walk the path of suffering and loss, these truths become spiritually and physically life-sustaining. The Bible promises that we have the hope of eternal life in heaven because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Knowing that our present trials here are short compared to the time we’ll spend in eternity, and that we’ll see loved ones again-can sustain and enable us to carry out the work God’s given us here on earth.