Church Hosts Dinner for Persecuted Believers 15 Years in a Row

July 5, 2018 by Open Doors in ,

The Bible encourages us to pray for our fellow believers—especially those who are suffering and persecuted. We’re always on the lookout for bold stories of individuals and churches who find unique ways to stand with their persecuted family.

Today, we’re highlighting Patricia Streeter and her dedication to serve suffering believers worldwide.

Fifteen years ago, a pastor made a simple request to Patricia—what if she organized an international banquet for the persecuted church? 

Fast-forward to today. Patricia has been faithfully hosting this banquet for her church, St. James Anglican Church, in Costa Mesa, California for fifteen years. In the last five years, she’s also partnered with Kim Hensley at Calvary Chapel Living Word in Irvine to host the banquet as a joint effort.

“Our banquet this May was wonderful!” Patricia says. The night started with an incredible array of international cuisine donated by local chefs, followed by a powerful worship experience.

“Our speaker William Hernandez, a missionary to the Middle East, thrilled and inspired us with his stories of Muslims coming to Christ and his work to strengthen them for the persecution they suffered as soon as they converted,” Patricia adds.

At the end of the banquet, there was a special time of prayer for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. They also took up an offering. This year, all the proceeds—over $4,000—were given to help disciple new believers in the Middle East.

The experience was powerful and helped create unity, solidarity and hope for those who suffer for His Name.

Thank you, Patricia and Kim, for reminding us that it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to make a difference for the persecuted church—we just need to take the first step and see where it leads us.

Would a simple idea like this work in your church or community?

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