“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” -Psalm 22:24
Stand with exploited Christians around the world through prayer and advocacy this
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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STANDING BEHIND PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
Whether suffering at the hands of governments, extremists, neighbors, or even family members, one thing is certain: Christians around the world are ready and willing to answer the call of Christ no matter the cost.
Maybe you don’t know how to help—or even feel guilty that you have never suffered for your faith. But the Bible is clear about the part Christians are to play in supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ:
“Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3)
We must stand in solidarity with Christians who are crying out for comfort, support, and strength.
This International Day of Prayer, will you pause to intercede for the persecuted church?
ISIS has forced thousands of Syrian Christians to flee their homes or “convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face death.”
Myanmar is currently ranked by the World Watch List as the 23rd most dangerous place in the world for Christians.
Violent clashes between Muslim and Christian groups in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) make it a volatile place for Christ-followers.
Nepali Christians represent less than 2 percent of the population and are frequently targeted by extremist groups, particularly Hindu and Maoist factions.
Christians who operate apart from the government-approved churches of China are subject to discrimination, arrest, and threats.
India is a rich tapestry of culture, ethnicity, and religion. But a hostile political atmosphere is making it difficult for Christians to practice their faith in Christ.
Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, continues to terrorize Christians in Nigeria and has forced millions to flee their homes in fear of capture.
In North Korea, being a Christian is forbidden by law. Public expressions of faith, worship, evangelism, or possession of Bibles have been known to end in execution.
IRAQ & SYRIA
Christians in Iraq and Syria have suffered unthinkable persecution from ISIS. Pray for believers who remain or are displaced around the world—that they will lead many Muslims to Christ and that members of ISIS will come to know Jesus.
Because it is illegal to be a Christian in North Korea, Christ-followers are often completely isolated . . . making fellowship and evangelism extremely dangerous. Pray for Christians suffering torture in labor camps, and that the nation’s leadership will become open to the Gospel.
CHINA & VIETNAM
Leaders of house churches are often targeted and closely monitored by police. Pray for the spiritual growth of minority groups and Christians living in rural areas, and for the spiritual awakening of government officials.
AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, IRAN
Large regions of the Middle East are unsafe for Christians and their families. Many face constant threats and assassination attempts. Pray for Christians being persecuted by their families, that the Gospel will invade the ranks of terrorist groups, and that those living under strict regimes will have wisdom and perseverance.
Larger church gatherings have been told to disband, and Christian leaders are often targeted. Pray for new believers, that they will receive access to God’s Word and will boldly proclaim the Gospel without fear. Pray also for Christian leaders, that they will receive the ministry training they need.
INDIA & NIGERIA
Christians throughout India and Nigeria face violent persecution from opposing religious groups. Pray for Indian Christians living in states with anti-conversion laws and those being pressured to convert back to Hinduism. Pray also for Nigerian Christians who have been driven from their homes by Boko Haram, and that these militants will come to know Jesus Christ.
How You Can Help
Aid for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East
Many are calling ISIS’ targeted persecution of Christians the “Christian holocaust” of the Middle East.
But you can help these Christians stand strong against suffering.
For just $35, you can give clean water, food, medicine, blankets, shoes, and more—while simultaneously investing in holistic care within refugee communities.
Imagine the incredible comfort and relief you will give Christian families who have suffered the unthinkable!
PROVIDE GOD’S WORD
Beyond life-saving supplies, what better way to provide comfort and encouragement than through the gift of God’s Word?
For only $1, you can give an illustrated Bible to a child in the Middle East.
For $5, you can give one person the gift of God’s Word. For $100, you can provide an entire house church with Bibles.
We want to equip you to lead your community to pray for the persecuted church! Here are some free resources as you plan your event or church presentation:
Download this printable bulletin insert to spread the word about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to your congregation.
This downloadable PowerPoint will help you prepare your presentation and enable your audience to visualize the needs of persecuted Christians.
As you’re preparing for International Day of Prayer, be sure to check our blog for stories about the persecuted church and resources you can use to get involved:
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