Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church- October 8th
Syria: Death at Door of Christian Pastor
Open Doors received the following email from a Syrian pastor. It gives insight into what many Syrian Christians face daily in the war-torn country:
Here in my room sitting in darkness because we get electricity only one hour per day or less, around midnight, waiting with others in the building where I live for death to visit me. It looks death is playing hide and seek with us.
Two mortars fell on the building in front of us, another to the right, another one on a building in the next street, but not on ours.
So the questions are: Is the next building ours? But when will it be? Shall I stay in my bed so I’ll rest in peace on my bed? Or should I go down to the ground floor? Should I sleep, or it is better to stay up to feel the moment when death will come riding on those rockets?
Wow! Here is another one shaking the big building of four floors where I live, pushing the windows violently, and scary screams being heard here and there. But it is midnight, and no lights to go out and see what is going on! And what if another rocket fell down when I was out to see what happened?
I think it is better to stay in my room, waiting for death which is flying around like crazy. At least I took a shower a few hours ago, you understand what I mean, don’t you?
Here is another one (rocket). I think it is better to keep silent.
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Nov. 2
Open Doors USA is providing free resources, downloads and special webcasts in observance of the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on Nov. 2.
IDOP is a global day of intercession for over 100,000 million Christians who are suffering persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.
The IDOP kit for churches, small groups, families and schools includes a leader’s guide, DVDs, information on how to order “One With Them” wristbands and how to participate in the live webcasts.
The interactive webcast will feature pastor David Platt, president of the International Mission Board and author of the best-selling book Radical; Nik Ripken, author of The Insanity of God; the award-winning musical group Selah and compelling interviews with persecuted Christians. The webcast will be hosted by Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry. The IDOP webcast will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 8 p.m. EST. An exclusive webcast for churches and small groups will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 starting at 7 p.m. EST.
For more information and to sign up for the IDOP kits and the webcasts, go to http://lp.opendoorsusa.org/idop/2014/.
North Korea: Despite Big Changes in Regime, Christians Face Intense Persecution
North Korea is going through unprecedented changes, North Korea watchers agree. Leader Kim Jong-Un was recently hospitalized and hasn’t been seen in public since early September. Other high officials have stepped into the limelight and have failed to give public tribute to their “Supreme Leader.” The latest developments confirm what many already expected � Kim Jong-Un is no longer the man who holds absolute power. This does not mean that the North Korean regime is about to crumble, though there seem to be some divisions.
When the regime shows a different face, it does not mean the character of the regime has changed. For the Christian Church this means that humanly speaking there won’t be any significant differences anytime soon. Christians, as well as others who are seen as political opponents, will continue to be fiercely persecuted and treated as enemies of the state.
“We need to be prepared for every scenario,” says the Open Doors coordinator for North Korea ministry about the changes. “And we need to pray. This is a very urgent time for prayers.”
North Korea has been ranked as the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the Open Doors World Watch List (www.worldwatchlist.us) for 12 years in a row.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.