International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Web Site
More Christians have been martyred in the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined. (1) Pastors are being arrested and sometimes shot in China and Cuba. Believers are forbidden to buy goods or own property in Somalia. Christians who testify to their faith in Iran or Saudi Arabia may be put to death for blasphemy. Mobs have wiped out whole villages of Christians in Pakistan.(2) And it goes on.
For all this, the western Church is mostly silent. "I am in prison," says the Lord, "and you are not visiting me."(3)
It is time to shatter the silence. Sunday, November 16, 1997, has been declared an International Day of Prayer for the Suffering Church. Until then, we need to educate our churches and our friends concerning the extent of persecution which Christ is suffering throughout the world.
Later in this message, I suggest 3 specific steps we can all take, and I let you know where to get information. (NOTE: NONE of the suggestions include "send your donation...")
The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) was initiated by the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF), but it has earned the endorsement of Christian leaders of all types and denominations (I've attached a list to this message). This is as it should be: this call is for everyone. When a mob, fundamentalist Islamic policeman, or communist government investigator comes looking for Christians, they DO NOT ask any of the following questions:
I AM ASKING EVERYONE WHO RECEIVES THIS MESSAGE TO DO 3 THINGS:
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
P.O. Box WEF, Wheaton, IL 60189-8003
National Coordinator: Steve Haas
Director of Communications: Dr. Ed Bez
INFO: 800-LETS-PRAY (1-800-538-7772) |
OFFICES: 630-668-1754 FAX: 630-668-0498
WEB SITE: http://www.persecutedchurch.org
IDOP has a packet of information designed for informing your church group and joining the day of prayer. The packet contains a Prayer Journal containing several articles concerning the persecuted church, a 21-minute video tape for your church or home group, several letters, and a Prayer Commitment Sheet to send to IDOP to register your support (this is optional. Please pray, with or without notifying anyone.) They ask for $15 to cover the cost of printing and shipping. If you really can't afford $15, ask for the packet anyway.
Whatever you do, please don't allow this message to stop traveling. Keep the word moving. Real people are dying real deaths out there where we can't see them, and they need our help.
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