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Special Feature from Jonathan and Kari Masson
Snow Hill’s Adopted Missionaries living in Lyon, France
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
Be the one
When we moved into our apartment in France, one of the first things we did was pray to dedicate our little space of 485 square feet to God. We wanted to be expressions of Christ’s love to those living around us. That goal took on new intensity when we came home one day and found out that the woman living beneath us had committed suicide, successful on her third attempt. Brokenhearted, captive and prisoner suddenly seemed a lot closer to home than we’d realized.
The France portrayed in films often doesn’t show the stress and unhappiness of its people. An average 3.5% of the population take anti-depressants. The suicide rate is among the highest in the western world with around 11,000 suicides annually. Among 15- to 25-year olds, there are 200,000 attempted suicides each year. When you consider France’s population is around 64 million people, these numbers take on even more weight.
But France doesn’t corner the market on depression and suffering. Odds are you know someone who is hurting, held captive by sin or living in darkness. If no one comes to mind, ask God to show you the person He wants you to reach out to. It may be someone who is hard to love or respect, but if God is leading you to do something, He will be faithful to provide the compassion, wisdom and grace needed. Be the one who helps bind their heart by listening. Be the one who tells them about freedom from sin