As Christians, we are called to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body”
(Hebrews 13: 3). The Old Schoolhouse’s
own Bonnie Rose Hudson joins us to
share how we can teach our children
about the persecuted Church. Welcome,
TOS: We’ve probably all heard the term
“persecuted Church,” but what exactly
does it mean?
Bonnie Rose: The term “persecuted
Church” generally refers to Christians
who are suffering harm or neglect because of their faith in Christ.
TOS: Please share some background
and/or statistics on the persecution of
Christians in other countries. What
forms can persecution take?
Bonnie Rose: According to Open
Doors1, 100 million Christians are cur-
rently suffering for their faith in more
than 60 countries. There is persecution
on a personal level, such as mocking or
bullying. There is persecution at a social
level, such as being forbidden to mix
or interact with others because of your
faith. Persecution at a local level includes
things like families being forbidden to
draw water from a community well,
churches having their electricity shut
off, or law enforcement refusing to in-
tervene when people are harming others
because of their faith. And there is wide-
spread, systematic persecution like what
we hear about in North Korea and other
countries where Christians are hunted,
imprisoned, tortured, and killed for their
faith in Christ.
TOS: When did you become aware of
oppressed Christians? How did it affect
you? What did God impress upon your
Bonnie Rose: I remember hearing
stories of Christians who were suffering
in China when I was a little girl, but it
wasn’t until I was an adult that I began
to realize it was happening in dozens of
other countries. A few years ago, God be-
gan to impress on my heart that I needed
to give up my comfort zone, but not in
the way you might expect. I knew He
wasn’t calling me at that time to physi-
cally go to another country and serve.
What He wanted me to do was give up
the comfortable bubble I had been liv-
ing in and really learn about people who
were suffering for their faith.
The problem was I’m the type of person who can’t easily let go of a story once
I read it. It becomes part of me. I get emotionally involved, and I didn’t want to do
that. How could I read about a suffering
family, knowing I would likely never read
the resolution of their story?
But I knew that was what God was
calling me to do. So I began the journey.
I started reading newsletters and emails
from ministries that serve the persecuted
Church. I began to hunger for their sto-
ries, for news from countries I had only
heard of in passing. Before long, my
heart was overwhelmed by the stories of
hurting families. My heart was broken,
but I didn’t know what to do. So I prayed.
I gave as I was able. I didn’t feel God
by Heather Mader Bonnie Rose Hudson
If One Part Suffers,
Every Part Suffers
An Interview with Bonnie Rose Hudson
Children have a God-given
ability to care about everyone.