I just got back from Chicago where we sent out a new wave of missionaries to the world. During the week I had the privilege of meeting with one of our leaders from North Africa. Let's call him Joseph. I first met Joseph in the Fall of 2011 when I was visiting one of our teams in North Africa. Joseph had come out to Chicago to specifically help prepare those we were sending to this part of the world. Many students are coming to faith here through visions and dreams and through the brave witness of those like Joseph. However, this was a tremendously challenging week for Joseph as many people from his country were protesting and also using the protests as a cover to burn churches and attack Christians. During our conference, Joseph received a call from his wife and he could hear gun shots going off in the background. "The children are scared", his wife said to Joseph. Needless to say, Joseph had to leave Chicago early to help protect his family from the violence that's been spreading throughout his country.
If you have a moment, please pray for Joseph and pray for the many Christians in North Africa and around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. For more info on how to pray go to Voice of the Martyrs.