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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 5:10, ESV

Persecuted Christians need your help

On Nov. 1, join thousands of Christians as we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Set aside time with your family and friends to cry out to God on their behalf.

You can also help by providing Bibles. Many believers facing persecution don’t have access to the comfort of God’s Word. But for $10, you can give one Bible to a Christian hungry for the Scriptures in places like North Korea, Iran, and China.

A special message for International Day of Prayer

Ways you can help

1. Pray – Many Christians tell us, “Don’t pray for the persecution to stop.” Instead, they ask for prayer that they will stay strong in their faith and have opportunities to share the Gospel. Click here for resources on how to pray for the persecuted church.

2. Give – Persecuted believers need your prayers, but they are also desperately praying for Bibles. Every Bible you give — for just $10 — will be shared with family and friends, impacting multiple people!

Ways you can help

1. Pray – Many Christians tell us, “Don’t pray for the persecution to stop.” Instead, they ask for prayer that they will stay strong in their faith and have opportunities to share the Gospel. Click here for resources on how to pray for the persecuted church.

2. Give – Persecuted believers need your prayers, but they are also desperately praying for Bibles. Every Bible you give — for just $10 — will be shared with family and friends, impacting multiple people!

Learn more about persecution around the world

North Korea has been ranked the most dangerous place for Christians for nearly 20 years in a row. An estimated 70,000 Christ-followers are currently enslaved in labor camps.

Syrian Christians are at risk because of Islamic extremist groups. Many churches have been destroyed, and Muslim-background believers often face serious threats.

The rise of radical Islam in Iraq has driven many Christians to flee the country. Believers are frequently threatened, kidnapped, or even killed for their faith.

In many parts of Nigeria, Christianity is seen as a religion that needs to be eradicated. Muslim extremists demand that believers convert to Islam or face death.

Hindu nationalists view any other religion as a threat to their Nepali identity. Extremists say they especially want to make the nation “Christian-free.”

Islamic nationalists have pushed for the cleansing of all other religions from Sudan, destroying churches and driving many Christians into South Sudan.

A rise of secularism mixed with Islamic extremism has threatened the safety of Ethiopian believers. Christians must often worship in secret to avoid abuse.

Muslim-background believers face intense persecution from family and friends. Pressure to convert back comes in the form of discrimination, abuse, and threats.

The Islamic militant group al-Shabab often targets believers in Kenya. It has harassed, beaten, kidnapped, and killed dozens of Christians in recent years.

It is estimated that less than 5 percent of India’s population is Christian. Radical Hindus view these believers as outsiders — blemishes that need to be removed.

Buddhism and nationalism go hand-in-hand in the country of Myanmar. Conversion to Christianity is often seen as a betrayal of both country and family.

Christianity is considered a threat to China’s communist identity, so local authorities often intimidate believers who worship outside the state-controlled church.

North Korea has been ranked the most dangerous place for Christians for nearly 20 years in a row. An estimated 70,000 Christ-followers are currently enslaved in labor camps.

Syrian Christians are at risk because of Islamic extremist groups. Many churches have been destroyed, and Muslim-background believers often face serious threats.

The rise of radical Islam in Iraq has driven many Christians to flee the country. Believers are frequently threatened, kidnapped, or even killed for their faith.

In many parts of Nigeria, Christianity is seen as a religion that needs to be eradicated. Muslim extremists demand that believers convert to Islam or face death.

Hindu nationalists view any other religion as a threat to their Nepali identity. Extremists say they especially want to make the nation “Christian-free.”

Islamic nationalists have pushed for the cleansing of all other religions from Sudan, destroying churches and driving many Christians into South Sudan.

Muslim-background believers face intense persecution from family and friends. Pressure to convert back comes in the form of discrimination, abuse, and threats.

The Islamic militant group al-Shabab often targets believers in Kenya. It has harassed, beaten, kidnapped, and killed dozens of Christians in recent years.

It is estimated that less than 5 percent of India’s population is Christian. Radical Hindus view these believers as outsiders — blemishes that need to be removed.

Buddhism and nationalism go hand-in-hand in the country of Myanmar. Conversion to Christianity is often seen as a betrayal of both country and family.

Christianity is considered a threat to China’s communist identity, so local authorities often intimidate believers who worship outside the state-controlled church.

Every $10 provides one Bible for a persecuted Christian in places like these. Give the comfort of God’s Word.

Every $10 provides one Bible for a persecuted Christian in places like these. Give the comfort of God’s Word.

Resources

We want to equip you to take part in the International Day of Prayer on Nov. 1.  Click the button below to download helpful resources, including:

• A prayer guide for families
• A prayer guide for youth groups
• A prayer guide for kids
• A coloring sheet for children
• A list of Scriptures about persecution
• A church bulletin insert

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