“I am regularly harassed by the police during gospel outreaches,” Brother Y. reports. It’s just part of the job.
Brother Y. serves in a Creative Access nation that is extremely hostile to the gospel. Ministering in such a nation can feel like working within a box of ridged regulations while the civil or religious authorities continually draw the lines of the box smaller and smaller, trying to trap you in a crime.
Brother Y.’s situation is like the prophet Daniel’s (Daniel 6:1-28). King Darius’ advisors made the central practices of Daniel’s faith illegal, creating grounds to imprison and execute Daniel.
The enemies of God’s people have not changed their methods much in the last few thousand years.
Recently, the authorities confiscated Brother Y.’s cell phone. When the police found nothing incriminating on the phone, they took Brother Y. into custody and interrogated him for 48 hours straight.
“Despite their threats, they did not get a thing from me,” Brother Y. relates. “They did forbid us from holding any services. In fact, they said not to preach the gospel at all.”