This Sunday, Nov. 11, Christians and churches worldwide will join in prayer again for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing persecution around the globe.
For the second week of the observation of the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, believers will unite in prayer for the 215 million Christians who are persecuted for their faith—some on a daily basis.
Our Director Don Shenk recently returned from a trip to India, Nepal and Pakistan, which is No. 5 on the list, where he met with leaders, learned more about each culture and explored further broadcast opportunities.
“The Bible tells us that where two or three are gathered, there the Lord will be also,” Shenk said. “When we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters alone or with our families, God hears us. But it is so powerful when an entire church comes together in prayer—especially in this case, to pray for other churches that do not experience the same religious freedom we enjoy here in America. I have always had a heart for persecuted Christians, but seeing the restrictions, limits and fear Christians experienced in India, Nepal and Pakistan on my recent trip opened my eyes even further and made the problem very real. May we pray earnestly this Sunday for peace, protection and a future where believers are not persecuted for their faith.”
Ranking just above Pakistan are the four top countries with extreme persecution on the World Watch List in 2018: North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan.
The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 aim to keep with the scriptural command in Hebrews 13:3 for Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilize the global Church to respond to their plight, while also becoming a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers. For information and resources on the two Sundays set aside for prayer, click here.