Have you ever heard of the ringing of bells in rural areas to call friends for help? In fact once upon a time bells being rung from low tone to high tone signified an attack had taken place.
Consider this post me ringing the bells from low tone to high tone for all to hear: There has been a grisly attack!
Two nights ago I awoke to a text message coming in. It was from a dear friend asking for us to pray for our mutual friends who are currently serving on the mission field. The words of her text made my heart race: “They have been attacked in their home.”
Truthfully, I began to shake. Could I possibly be reading that right? I sat up straight and read the texts steadily coming in – overcome with panic at the horrendous details.
I have asked permission to share this post but due to safety reasons, it must be vague.
Our friends were attacked in their home in the middle of the night by a gang of men. The attack was horrific, violent and devastating – leaving the mom and dad severely injured as well as injuring their two oldest children. (Other children were not injured.) The mom had to undergo a 3 hour surgery today. The trauma to her body has been extensive as they fought for their lives with their attackers.
Personally I have cried off and on since hearing, unable to sleep and thinking of little else. And truthfully I wish i could post a picture of my friend and I which we took the last time we were together. She is beautiful, inside and out…a true kindred spirit as is her husband and precious family – who we know well.
We are devastated for them and the violence they have experienced. It’s been said that they will never want to return to their home there as blood is everywhere – the attack was so brutal.
Friends, I’m ringing the bell loud and clear! Low tones to high tones! There has been a horrific attack – would you please pray?
Would you write “bells” (or something else) on your hand as you commit to pray for their healing: physically, emotionally and spiritually? If you are part of a Bible study would you ask the others to please pray? If you have a church prayer chain, would you please send a request to them and activate it? I cannot emphasize enough this clarion call pleading for prayer for our precious friends. The situation is so serious on every level that those who serve around them have also been understandably shaken.
And actually would you please add other missionaries around the world to your prayers? The price they pay is high to serve the Lord. The least we can do is pray diligently for them.