IDOP – November 20, 2016


The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) brings together churches from around the world in a day of prayer for persecuted Christians.

As a member of the Religious Liberty Commission , Release International is joining with Evangelical Alliance, CSW  and Open Doors to encourage supporters to pray for the persecuted church on Sunday 20 November.


This year we are inviting churches in the UK and Ireland to stand with the church in Sri Lanka by dedicating their Sunday service on November 20 (or a day to suit your church) to pray for persecuted Christians in that country.

The church in Sri Lanka, which is rarely on the agenda of Christians in the UK, is under pressure as local authorities use a 2008 government circular to target churches and intimidate pastors. On November 20 we will be launching a petition calling for the withdrawal of the circular by the government in Colombo. Please use your church service on November 20 to collect as many signatures as possible from your Christian family. And let’s pray for the petition’s success so that churches in Sri Lanka can continue to be bold and shine the truth of the gospel into their local communities.

Save the date. Look out for Petition forms for download and other special resources in the coming weeks. Let’s stand as one with persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka!



RLC-logoThis 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.

Evangelical Alliance

Open Doors

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Don’t worry if your church is unable to take part in IDOP on November 20 – 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.