“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” — Psalm 10:17, NIV

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Beaten, but not forgotten

Every day, Christians around the world face persecution simply for believing in Jesus. These are their stories.

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Stand with persecuted Christians

On Nov. 5, the global church will stand together in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

There are more than 215 million Christians experiencing severe persecution today. They suffer at the hands of nationalist governments, religious extremists, and even close friends and family — all because they love Jesus.

But God hears their cries. He knows their names and their stories. And He wants to use you to encourage them.

24 hours of prayer

This year, we want to commit to 24 hours of prayer for believers in 12 countries — each experiencing intense persecution. You can participate in one of three ways:

Host an event

Encourage your family and friends to sign up for a two-hour slot to come by your home or church and pray for one country.

Adopt one country

Choose one of the 12 countries and commit to pray for that country during the International Day of Prayer.

Pray for all 12 nations

Set an alarm to remind you to pause every two hours on Nov. 5 to pray for believers in one of these 12 countries.

This International Day of Prayer, will you join us in interceding for the persecuted church?

Persecution at a glance

1 – North Korea

In North Korea, being a Christian is against the law. If a believer is caught expressing his faith or owning a Bible, he will be thrown into prison camps or executed.

2 – Jordan

Christians in Jordan used to enjoy widespread religious freedom, but persecution has recently increased. Muslim-background believers suffer most.

3 – South Sudan

In addition to political instability and tribal warfare, Christians in South Sudan experience intense persecution from radical Islamic terrorists.

4 – Syria

ISIS has forced thousands of Syrian Christians to flee their homes. They are told to “convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face death.”

5 – China

Christians who worship apart from the government-approved churches of China are subject to discrimination threats, and possibly even arrest.

6 – Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, persecution often comes at the hands of close family and friends. Converts can lose their property rights or even be killed.

7 – India

India is home to many cultures, people groups, and religions. But a hostile political atmosphere is making it difficult for Christians to practice their faith.

8 – Myanmar

Conflict between ethnic and religious groups has made Myanmar one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians.

9 – Iraq

Christians in Iraq have suffered incredible persecution from ISIS, and many have fled. Because of this, some say Christianity in Iraq is on the verge of extinction.

10 – Central African Republic

Violent clashes between Muslim and Christian groups in the Central African Republic make it a volatile place for Christ-followers.

11 – Nepal

Nepali Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population and are frequently targeted by extremist Hindu and Maoist groups.

12 – Nigeria

Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group, continues to terrorize Christians in Nigeria. Millions have been forced to flee their homes for fear of being captured.

Provide Bibles for the persecuted

Persecuted believers need your prayers, but they also need support in other ways. When you provide a Bible to a persecuted Christian in places such as North Korea, India, and Syria, you give hope and encouragement when they need it most.

For $5, you can offer incredible comfort and relief to those who have suffered great trauma.

Resources

We want to equip you to lead your community to pray for the persecuted church! Here are some resources you can use as you plan to bring your community along during the 24 hours of prayer.

Church bulletin

Download this printable bulletin insert to spread the word about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to your congregation.

PowerPoint

This downloadable PowerPoint will help you prepare your presentation and enable your audience to visualize the needs of persecuted Christians in 12 key countries.

Bible verses

Use some of these Bible verses to share what God says about believers who are persecuted and killed for standing strong in their faith.

Kids prayer guide

Use this resource to help teach children about persecution and guide them in prayer for boys and girls around the world.

Stories from the persecuted church

As you prepare for the International Day of Prayer, check out these stories and meet some of your brothers and sisters dealing with persecution every day.

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