Have you ever wondered what it’s like to meet in secret as an underground church? Have you ever felt that it’s almost impossible to imagine what it’s like to meet under persecution? How do you meet? How does it feel? How do you sing when you can’t make any noise? What are the issues? When challenged, what do you say and how do you react? Many of us have read Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow-prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering” and wondered, “How am I supposed to do that?” And that’s the problem when our experiences as believers are so far apart.
Here at People International, we have developed a simulation experience that provides just a small taste of what life is like for believers in some of the more difficult countries. Across Central Asia, there are some countries that enjoy a degree of relative freedom, whilst others are extremely restricted and endure significant persecution. The simulation starts before people arrive at the venue and, as the occasion unfolds, it replicates some of the experiences of so many believers in their real lives.
What we wanted to do was create a simulation which tries to replicate the situation in the underground church as closely as possible. This is not meant to be a cheap gimmick, but an opportunity to enter a very different world and gain some small understanding of the situation of others. It is often quite moving and can even be a little frightening. The simulation has been put together with the help of those who have had real experience of these events. And maybe this will help people to obey the command of God’s Word in Hebrews more effectively and, more than likely, it will leave you quietly stirred in your heart.
The simulation is particularly suited to small groups of 10-20 people, but can be run on consecutive days/evenings to cater for larger groups. It is especially suitable for university/college student groups and home groups.
The occasion includes a bible study that takes place during the simulation, a debrief when the simulation ends and a short presentation on the work of People International whilst sitting around in a small group.
WARNING; you need to expect everything to be very different as a very unfamiliar world unfolds before you, with the need to look over your shoulder, check constantly and be ready for any eventuality. You must understand we can’t say anything else!
Email [email protected] if you’re interested in making a booking.