“Don’t you ever believe there is the free church and the suffering church. There is just the church.” – Nik Ripken
The best part of my job is spreading the message of the persecuted church every single day, but I’m only one person and cannot be in more than one place at a time. In order for the message of persecuted Christians to go global, I need more people to join me in praying and sharing – I need more people like my friend Drew. Check out his story:
“Every September, Christian students gather around their school’s flagpole to pray for their local, state and national governments.
As in many other locations nationwide, the Chesnee area youth groups have a large gathering on the day of See You at the Pole (SYATP). This gathering was a typical SYATP prayer and worship gathering until 2014. That year the Chesnee area youth ministers decided to expand the scope of their prayer gathering to include missions and the persecuted church.
This is where Open Doors came into play. Open Doors was at a missions conference some of the Chesnee area youth ministers attended. Their presence created awareness for their cause and gave us an opportunity to communicate the plight of the worldwide persecuted church.
We contacted them about getting the “One With Them” wristbands. Since then, the bracelets have become almost ubiquitous in Chesnee High School and Middle School.
We continued to emphasize the persecuted church in 2015 and have no plans of ceasing this emphasis in the future.
It is a fantastic thing to see students become aware of the tenacity of the faith of Christians worldwide despite their circumstances. And it is an even greater thing to hear these students pray for their brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world.
Thanks to Open Doors, we have been able to enlighten a new generation about the cost of discipleship around the world, and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them in the cause of Christ and the persecuted church.”
Alongside Drew and the youth leaders of the Chesnee area, I’m amazed by these students’ growing passion for their persecuted brothers and sisters. For this year’s See You at the Pole, let’s continue to pray for our local, state and national governments but also for missionaries and persecuted Christians. It’s like Nik Ripken said, “There’s just the church,” so let’s be the church.
*This year, See You at the Pole is on Wednesday, September 28 – which falls during the Global Week of Student Prayer (9/25 – 10/1).