Christian persecution watchdog groups are calling for churches in America to focus on the persecuted church the first weekend in November.
Sunday, November 5, has been designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), an annual event that has spread to thousands of churches in hundreds of countries.
To help prepare for the upcoming day of prayer, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is encouraging church leaders to show the ministry’s new six-minute video, Solitary Prayer, to their congregation, Bible study group, or Sunday school class. The video, which shares an episode from the life of VOM Founder Richard Wurmbrand, serves as a powerful reminder of Christ’s call to “bless those who curse you,” and is designed to help lead churches into closer fellowship with the persecuted.
“This year’s IDOP film reminds Christians everywhere that as we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, we must also remember Jesus’ call to pray for the persecutors,” the ministry stated in an email to supporters. “Some who are persecutors today will become witnesses for Christ and even prisoners for His name tomorrow.”
In addition to the free Solitary Prayer DVD, there are other free resources that can be downloaded, including a church bulletin insert, Power Point slides with specific prayer needs, and information on how to share stories of persecution with children.
IDOP resources are also available for purchase, including an IDOP banner to hang in church sanctuaries, prayer reminder bookmarks, and Prisoner Prayer Bands to wear as a constant reminder to pray for the persecuted.
To view, download, and/or purchase the resources, click here.
By NRB Staff
Published: September 28, 2017