IDOP 2016 and 2016/17 Campaign: SRI LANKA – STOP THE CIRCULAR
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – 2016
THANK YOU to everyone who took part in IDOP on Sunday, November 20. 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 20 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 our IDOP focus was on Sri Lanka and the date, November 20, marked the start of our 2016/17 campaign: SRI LANKA – STOP THE CIRCULAR. All the information on our IDOP page below is relevant to our campaign so please continue to use these resources for the campaign and also if your IDOP day is on another date instead of November 20th.
Thank you for your continuing support and for caring about our persecuted family in Sri Lanka.
2016/17 Campaign: SRI LANKA – STOP THE CIRCULAR
Watch our IDOP 2016 video – Stop the Circular below:
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.
IDOP/ Campaign ‘SRI LANKA – STOP THE CIRCULAR’ RESOURCES
- Download a pdf copy of the Petition pdf here
- You can also sign an on-line version of the petition here.
- Download this short (6 slide) Powerpoint Presentation which contains ‘A Prayer for Sri Lanka‘ plus topical prayer points which can be used in church meetings or prayer groups.
- Download this prayer from a Sri Lankan Christian. Click image below to download the prayer as a pdf document. (This prayer is also available on Page 9 of the latest release magazine which is available as a free pdf or e-mag here.)
- If you would prefer a more simple black and white version of this prayer, click here
- Here’s a song written and composed by Jessie Dipper for IDOP 2016. Click below to listen to ‘Heaven’s singing joy’…
This year our IDOP focus was on Sri Lanka and the date, November 20, marked the start of our 2016/17 campaign: SRI LANKA – STOP THE CIRCULAR. All the information on our IDOP page here is relevant to our campaign so please continue to use these resources for the campaign and also if your IDOP day is on another date instead of November 20th.
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 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.