Churches to Observe April 17 as Stand with the Persecuted Sunday

Stand with the Persecuted ChurchFamily Research Council, Open Doors USA, the Institute for Religion and Democracy, Voice of the Martyrs, and In Defense of Christians are calling on churches across America to participate in Stand with the Persecuted Sunday on April 17.

“As Christians here in American we have an obligation to pray for and act on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith,” commented Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “The persecution of Christians is at an unprecedented level and we are even seeing it here in the United States, but the hostility that Christians here in America are facing pales in comparison to the mistreatment, displacement, violence, rape, crucifixions, and beheadings experienced by followers of Jesus in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, and other parts of the Middle East and beyond.”

The aims of Stand with the Persecuted Sunday are to:

  • Pray for the persecuted,
  • Participate in practical ministries that support them, and
  • Promote policies that protect persecuted Christians throughout the world.

More specifically, churches are being asked to make time during their weekend services to show a brief, two-minute video, distribute a special bulletin insert, and spend time in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters internationally. 

David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, said, “The great challenge of this generation will be to love like Jesus loved in the face of persecution, and to love both the persecuted and those who persecute. The Church in the West needs to embrace and be a conduit for this teaching.”

“Prayer is the path to victory and we have the privilege always to stand and pray for our persecuted family,” added Steve Oelenberger of Voice of the Martyrs. “On April 17, let us take this opportunity to stand with Family Research Council and others remembering in prayer those who are crying out to Jesus for the hope He has set before all those who believe."

For more information about Stand with the Persecuted Sunday, visit frc.org/stand.

By NRB Staff

Published: April 7, 2016

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