SANTA ANA, CA (Sept. 25, 2013) – In the wake of last weekend’s news regarding the horrific assault in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and the attack on the All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, many may wonder, “What is this world coming too?” Some may respond in anger, others in fear…but scripture tells us to be in prayer.
On Sunday, Nov. 3, hundreds of thousands of Christians from around the world will unite to observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. IDOP is a global day of intercession on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide. Its primary focus is uniting Christians to pray and act for those who face imprisonment, harassment, disenfranchisement and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Believers in the United States can join in lifting up our brothers and sisters in Christ by requesting a free Open Doors IDOP prayer kit to share with their pastor, school, small group, family and friends and uniting in one voice, praying for those who are suffering simply because they follow Jesus.
The kit includes a prayer event leader’s guide, several powerful videos, four PowerPoint presentations, resources for worship music and scriptural passages about persecution. The prayer kit can be ordered at www.OneWithThem.com or call 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535).
“Every one who loves Jesus and knows the life and freedom His forgiveness brings should be deeply troubled to know that every day believers are persecuted, imprisoned and even martyred for daring to follow Jesus,” says Dr. David Curry, Open Doors USA President/CEO. “The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is an opportunity to engage, advocate and support those around the world who worship Jesus at all cost, such as the Christians who were martyred after worshipping at the All Saints Church in Peshawar. I urge the body of believers in America to request a prayer kit now.”
The kit also includes an OneWithThem wristband. Wearing the flexible, silicone wristband that looks like barbed wire is a unique reminder to pray for persecuted followers of Christ and a great conversation starter with your friends, family, neighbors and strangers to show that you are supporting suffering Christians.
To order additional wristbands, visit www.OneWithThem.com. The wristbands cost $1 each and will provide financial support to Open Doors programs which strengthen persecuted Christians. A pack of 25 wristbands is $25. The wristbands come in two sizes – regular (20 cm/7.8 in) and large (22 cm/8.6 in). Open Doors is also offering a 6-by-4 foot world wall map filled with inspirational quotes to use as a tool to pray for countries on the Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians. Price is $50 including shipping.
For almost 60 years Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for Christians, who are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our website at www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
(For more information or to set up an interview, contact Jerry Dykstra at 616-915-4117 or email [email protected]).