With this year’s annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) coming up on Sunday, November 1, a number of groups are equipping believers with resources and information to better prepare them to lift up their persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer.
Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is offering various resources for believers to share with their church or group on IDOP Sunday, including prayer banners, church bulletin inserts, a booklet of IDOP activities for youth, a slideshow presentation, a list of persecution-related Bible verses, and more.
The organization also has a downloadable video that tells the story of one man’s faithfulness and the Holy Spirit’s conviction, which eventually led a member of an extremist Hindu group to embrace Christ.
“This story will inspire you to pray not only for persecuted Christians but also for those who persecute them,” VOM explains.
According to Open Doors, last year was the worst year for persecuted Christians in contemporary history, with notable increases in the number of reported beatings, rapes, kidnappings, and killings. Unfortunately, the situation appears to have worsened in 2015. Even Christian-majority countries are seeing increases in discrimination, exclusion, and violence. The advancement of the Islamic State group and totalitarian governments like North Korea has contributed to the rise in persecution.
To let persecuted Christians know they are not forgotten and to educate Americans about persecution, Open Doors USA is inviting the public to the ministry's second live webcast on Friday, October 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. PT. During the live webcast, Open Doors USA will provide expert commentary and give viewers the chance to ask questions of persecuted Christians from Iraq and Kenya through a live chat. There will also be a rare interview with a North Korean woman who spent several years in a prison camp because of her faith in Christ.
According to Open Doors President and CEO David Curry, the greatest need expressed by the persecuted may surprise most American Christians.
"Time and time again, those living under persecution and those who are refugees from it tell us that their greatest need is hope – hope found in their faith and hope born of the knowledge that Christians in the free world are remembering them in prayer," said Curry.
To join the live webcast, go to Live.OpenDoorsUSA.org and sign up. Those who sign up will also be able order a free IDOP kit.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 29, 2015