Persecuted life through a lens

Andrew Boyd, reporter for Release International - a magazine which features persecuted Christians worldwide - photo by Richard Hanson
Andrew Boyd, reporter for Release International - a magazine which features persecuted Christians worldwide - photo by Richard Hanson

We live in a wonderful world. There’s so much beauty, especially now summer has made an appearance. There’s also so much pain.

But if this world were flawless, why would Jesus have taught us to pray: ‘Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven’? God wants to put things right, and he does so one heart at a time.

I am a member of Kingdom Faith church in Horsham. Kingdom is about God restoring this earth to his original plan.

And Faith is that which reaches out to God to take hold of his best for us, and for those around. Faith brings Heaven down to Earth.

I’m a writer and film-maker. I report on persecuted Christians wordwide for Release International.

I’m editing a film on Iran, where Christians are regarded as enemies of the state, spied upon, imprisoned and even assassinated. It’s a similar story in other parts of the world where freedom of speech and faith are not tolerated.

I’ve been and seen and been inspired by the overcoming faith of Christians facing persecution.

Imagine living with a lack of good, clean, air. That’s what it’s like to live without freedom. Here, many of us take our freedom as much for granted as the air that we breathe.

That freedom is a legacy of Britain’s rich Christian heritage. But that legacy will run thin unless we use it, celebrate it and defend it.

I have learned to value my freedom. And belonging to a church that understands that freedom is for the benefit, blessing and service of others. ‘Your Kingdom come...’

Andrew Boyd

Kingdom Faith Church, Horsham