Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Prayers for the Persecuted Church
During the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh's 140th Convention November 4-5, 2005, the Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand suggested the following prayers for the persecuted church:
Almighty and everlasting God, hear the cries of your people as we call to you for your suffering church throughout the world. As you heard the cries of your ancient people in bondage in Egypt and came down to deliver them, so now hearken to the suffering of the persecuted church in our time. Give bread to those who are hungry, comfort to the imprisoned, strength to the tortured and all for the sake of Jesus who lived and died for us, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Heavenly Father, look with compassion on all who will suffer loss or persecution or martyrdom for your name this day. Give them courage to face the oppression that is before them and sustain them by your Holy Spirit, that having overcome by the blood of the Lamb they may receive the crown of life. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit ever reigns, one God, now and forever.
On November 21, 2008 10:13 AMSheilawrote... I think in addition to praying for those who are persecuted, that we ought to give God thanks that there are still people who willingly serve Him even though they know they may be persecuted.
On November 22, 2008 7:25 PMgreasy joanwrote... Yes ma'am, thank you for posting this. May we all remember our brothers and sisters before the Throne of Grace who face imprisonment, sanction or death because of their service of our Savior.