The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." - Psalm 92:12-15
The very young and the old people have little value here in North America.
Children have little responsibility in American churches, and the elderly, well, we are supposed to trip off to the front porch (modern houses don’t have porches) and sit in a rocking chair.
We find to opposite in scripture, with both young and old doing wondrous things for the Lord. In the current persecuted church around the world, we also find many elderly evangelizing and planting churches.
Diep Thi Do and her pastor husband served the Stieng tribal people of Vietnam for twenty years, then horror struck.
The communists captured her husband in 1975 and he was never been heard from since. Diep went underground for six years, praying for the Stieng believers, but making no waves in the communist country where many people were disappearing weekly.
In 1981, emerging from the deep underground during the darkest years, she encountered some very discouraged Stieng christians in the marketplace.
They begged her to be their missionary and pastor. She considered this a strong call from God and courageously called the Stieng back into church groups.
She often "stared down" resistance from communist authorities. She presided over the building of the largest church sanctuary in Vietnam. She performed all pastoral functions, including marrying, burying, appointing leaders and administering the sacraments.
Her bravery and her spiritual authority ensured that no one ever challenged her operating essentially as a bishop.
In 2008, at the age of 84, Diep Thi Do passed on to the next stage of God’s plan. More than 4,000 people attended her funeral. In God’s economy, you are never too old or too young to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.