INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – 2017
THANK YOU to everyone who took part in IDOP on Sunday, November 19, 2017. It is so important that we all – whatever our denomination – kneel together as part of the united body of Christ to pray for our brothers and sisters overseas who do not have the same freedom to do so. If the November 19 date did not fit into your church calendar then don’t worry, just pick another Sunday which is more convenient for your church family.
This year the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church takes place in the UK and Ireland on Sunday, November 19 – and this year the organisers are calling on churches to dedicate the whole of November to pray for persecuted believers, using the message ‘One Month, One Church, One Prayer’.
Our IDOP focus this year is on Eritrea. Since 2002 the authoritarian regime of President Isaias Afewerki has closed all Evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Eritrea and imprisoned thousands of believers.
As part of this year’s IDOP we are calling on supporters to join our #Pray173 campaign to pray urgently for the immediate release of all Christian prisoners of faith in Eritrea, including the 173 who have been detained in appalling conditions for more than 10 years.
IDOP takes place in the UK and Ireland on Sunday, November 19 and to help you organise a prayer event in your church or prayer group we’ve produced these free resources:
Commit to praying for persecuted Christians in Eritrea by using our Prayer Pledge card, which also includes a card that you can send to the Eritrean authorities to ask for the urgent release of all Christian prisoners of faith. You can download the card here.
A Long Way From Home (9-minute DVD) features the moving testimonies of Eritrean Christians who are now living in refugee camps in northern Ethiopia and shows how your support is helping them today. The DVD is available from our eStore and is also viewable on YouTube.
Our attractive A2 size World Prayer Map includes prayer points for persecuted Christians around the world.
Call: 01689 823491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request these resources for your IDOP event.
The IDOP event is endorsed by The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) which is an association that brings together organisations working on behalf of persecuted Christians. The current RLC members are Release International, Open Doors (UK & Ireland) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Each of these organisations stand together to mark The International Day of Prayer and have a variety of resources which you can use at your event. Please use the links below to visit these other IDOP sites.
Don’t worry if your church is unable to take part in IDOP on November 19 – please use these resources in any service that fits your church calendar better. The important thing is that we stand together to highlight the suffering of our brothers and sisters for their love of Christ around the world.