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‘I lost my arm because I chose Jesus’

Around the world, persecution against Christians is increasing. Attacks are frequent and more violent than ever. For FEBC, this brings both challenge and opportunity. In persecuted countries, with no churches or pastors, FEBC broadcasts are often the only source of spiritual nourishment. This is why the persecuted church has been a key focus of FEBC for over 70 years. The cost of faith has never been higher and because of FEBC’s faithful supporters, borders continue to be crossed with the Good News.

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“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, and your Christian radio programs are like the map guiding the lost to where the treasure is buried.”

Entering the Kingdom of God can be costly. FEBC

On Easter Sunday this year, in one of the deadliest attacks targeting Christians in history, eight bombs exploded across Sri Lanka, including three churches where believers were gathered for worship. As Christians, hearing this devastating news whilst freely celebrating Easter Sunday highlighted just how critical the situation for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world has become.

In many rural, remote and restricted areas of Asia there is also a critical need for pastors. FEBC uses mobile apps to train, equip, nurture and develop pastors via online study. With no theological seminars or training centers in many persecuted regions, FEBC broadcasts are training up leaders.

An FEBC team member met a listener, noticing him because he only had half an arm. His name cannot be mentioned, but we refer to him as Mr H. He shared his story: We sat down in his “open air church” (a roofed meeting place, with no walls). He had been a policeman – a highly desirable job. He’d risen to Captain and was the highest ranking officer in his town. One day Mr H fell very ill, and called a Christian friend to help him. The friend cared for him, prayed for him, and gave him an FEBC radio. This radio is how Mr H discovered the treasure of knowing Jesus Christ, and became a Christian.

“I lost my arm because I chose Jesus.” Was it worth losing his career and his arm to follow Jesus? He answered, with a victorious smile “Yes!”

Once he recovered, it became known he had converted to Christianity. He was viewed as a traitor and demoted within the police, eventually losing his job. One night a group of police ambushed him on his way home, attacking him with machetes.

This is how he lost his arm.

Mr H shared with what he learned. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, and your Christian radio programs are like the map guiding the lost to where the treasure is buried.”

Mr H found the field and its treasures, but entering the kingdom cost him his right arm, and nearly his life.

“I lost my arm because I chose Jesus.” Was it worth losing his career and his arm to follow Jesus? He answered, with a victorious smile “Yes!”

Mr H later escaped to another region and today he’s a farmer and pastor, and FEBC programs continue to encourage him as he shares the Gospel with the people around him.

In places where it is risky to openly declare following Jesus, radio is one of the few safe ways to hear God’s word. Many radios distributed by FEBC require no batteries and are wind-up or solar. Even without radio, our programs can be heard online, through mobile apps, SD Cards and USB devices.

FEBC broadcasts, either directly or through partners, into seven of the top 10 most dangerous countries on the Open Doors world watch list. FEBC is sowing into regions most at risk, restoring hope and strengthening faith. Every effort is being made to ensure God’s word and the truth is accessible to those most in need of hope and encouragement.

245 million Christians are persecuted for their faith in countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus.

Will you partner with FEBC and give a life-changing gift today?

Your donation will be directed towards FEBC’s ministry to support persecuted Christians and the unreached. For more information please visit www.febc.org.au or call 1300 720 017.

Your donation will be directed towards FEBC’s ministry to support persecuted Christians and the unreached.

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