True and living God, please grant strength to the followers of Jesus Christ in this and all countries. Grant them the assurance of your full forgiveness, presence and love. Protect and provide for their families. Empower them with your Holy Spirit to love those who persecute them and to stand confident in their confession that eternal life is a gift of God provided by the coming of God becoming a man and paying the full price for the sins of the world. In Jesus name. Amen.