THE INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Sundays 5th & 12th of November 2017

Prayer from New Zealand for Persecuted Christians Worldwide

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.

Hebrews 13:3

WHAT

IS

IDOP?

WHAT

IS

IDOP?

IDOP – PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

In churches around the world, the first or second Sundays in November are set apart to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

Today’s greatest untold story is that more than 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Daily, Christians in countries such as Iraq, Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sudan and North Korea face imprisonment, violence and even death.

IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember millions of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Pray with us this year

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.

Hebrews 13:3

HOW TO PRAY

HOW TO PRAY


BE PART OF PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED


IDOP is simply about coming together to pray for persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

You can do this by putting some time aside during your church service on one of the IDOP Sundays – 5th of November 2017 – or by creating a special time of focused prayer at your church or with your fellowship group.

It doesn’t need to be a big event to organise – the focus simply needs to be on prayer and remembering the persecuted. IDOP NZ has developed a current list of prayer needs from each partner-ministry to help you pray for relevant issues related to persecution of Christians this year.

We encourage Christians to commit to being a part of the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted, and to make time to pray regularly for persecuted Christians throughout the year ahead.

Download this year’s IDOP Prayer Resources

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Romans 8:35

GET

INVOLVED

Ways to join in IDOP 2017:

  • Tell your pastor about IDOP and encourage your church to pray for persecuted Christians during the service on Sunday 5th November (or another Sunday in November).
  • Organise your own prayer meeting at your church, or with your small group on IDOP Sunday.
  • Join us online (at our Facebook page) on the 6th November for live prayer from ministries working with persecuted Christians, and with missionaries around the world.

Fill out the form to download IDOP resources

Resources include:

  • Powerpoint
  • Prayer points on A4 PDF handout
  • Promotional images for church notices and Facebook
(This information will only be used to contact you about future IDOP events and will not be shared with any other parties)

“Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

Jesus

John 15:20

 FACTS

  • 200 million Christians live under some form of persecution worldwide.
  • Where does it occur? 60 countries include many nations in Africa – Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Asia – NK being the worst, India and Nepal in parts – and of course, the Middle East. Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbours simply because of their belief in Christ. (Source: U.S. Department of State)
  • Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of at least 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Source: Open Doors USA)
  • One of the worst countries in the world for the persecution of Christians is North Korea. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide).

LINKS, ARTICLES, AND INFORMATION ON THE PERSECUTED

The Theology of Persecution (via Open Doors USA)

About Christian Persecution (via Open Doors USA)

Persecution World Watch List

WHO WE ARE

The mission of the Barnabas Fund is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith.

Learn more

VOM works at the sharp edge of Christian persecution in places such as North Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, China and Central Asia; supporting churches and families widowed or isolated from spouses imprisoned and tortured and supplying practical help to persecuted Christians.

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Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places.

Learn more

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