“Continue to 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.
Stand with us on the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, a day set aside to intercede for victimized Christians around the world.
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Christians are the most largely persecuted religious group in the world. Today, Christ followers and their families in more than 60 countries face extreme persecution . . . impacting more than 100 million people every day. And for thousands—time is running out.
We must stand in prayer on behalf of our brothers and sisters crying out for comfort, support, and protection.
“Christian persecution is any hostility, experience from the world, as a result of one’s identification with Christ. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, believers in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and in employment, and even death are just a few examples they experience on the daily basis.” – Open Doors USA
WILL YOU JOIN THE PRAYER MOVEMENT FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH?
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” Ephesians 6:18.
Persecution Today at a Glance:
Syrian Christians are being forced by ISIS to “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.
Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, continues to terrorize innocent Christians in Nigeria and has killed more than 2,000 people in 2014 alone.
Violent clashes between Muslim and Christian groups grow deadlier by the day in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), making the C.A.R. a volatile place for Christ followers today.
India is rich in culture, ethnicity, and religion. However, Christians are widely targeted—often violently—for their faith in Christ.
In Communist North Korea, being a Christ follower is forbidden by law. Public expressions of faith, worship, evangelism, or possession of Bibles have been known to end in execution.
Nepali Christians represent less than 1 percent of the population, and are frequently targeted by extremist groups, particularly Hindu and Maoist factions.
Churches that operate apart from the Three Self Church in China are subject to termination, and their members are vulnerable to discrimination, arrest, and threats
IRAQ & SYRIA Believers are being forced to pay unfair taxes, flee from their homes, and are being murdered in cold blood by ISIS.
NORTH KOREA Because it is illegal to be a Christian in North Korea, Christ followers must operate under total anonymity . . . making fellowship or evangelism extremely dangerous.
CHINA & VIETNAM Leaders of the house-church movement are targeted and are often closely monitored by police.
AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, IRAN Large regions of the Middle East are unsafe for Christians and their families. Many families face threats and assassination attempts.
CUBA Larger church gatherings are being told to disband. Christian leaders are often targeted by government agents.
How You Can Help:
AID FOR PERSECUTED BELIEVERS ATTACKED BY ISIS
On the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, our prayer is to raise awareness for those disproportionately affected by violence and conflict. Throughout the Middle East, Christians are suffering the unthinkable.
They have been forced to flee from their homes with only the clothes on their back. Their only other option: death.
Now these Christ followers are only being kept alive by the mercy of strangers. Will you reach out to these dear brothers and sisters today?
Your gift of any amount will go directly to provide food, water, medicine, clothes, blankets, and more.
PROVIDE GOD’S WORD
In addition to providing life-saving supplies, what better way to give comfort than through the gift of God’s Word?
For only $1, you can help print and distribute an illustrated children’s Bible 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.
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4
Stories of Persecution
The very future of Christianity in Iraq and Syria is at stake right now.
UN ambassador Samantha Power has called the situation in the CAR “the worst crisis most people have never heard of.”
For Christ followers in Myanmar, persecution and violence is rampant and danger is ever-present.
Nepali believers are willing to die if it means spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard.