The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is this Sunday, Nov. 13.
Activist organization Open Doors USA is asking Christians to pray for persecuted Christians around the globe and to spread the story of their plights.
Open Doors USA serves persecuted Christians worldwide. Their “One With Them” campaign is intended to raise awareness about the dangerous situations in which many Christians find themselves daily.
“IDOP presents a tremendous opportunity for millions of people to make a difference in the lives of those faithful Christians who are literally under the gun in countries such as North Korea, Iran, Nigeria and Afghanistan,” said Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. Carl Moeller.
More than 100 million Christians are persecuted globally and the group says the situation is only getting worse.
“Compass Direct News reported suspected Islamic extremists threw a grenade into the home of the guard of an East Africa Pentecostal Church congregation on Saturday, killing an 8-year-old girl and a member of the church. Three others were seriously injured,” Moeller said.
“Please pray for their families. They and many more are crying out for our prayers,” he added.
Christians worldwide face unique challenges depending on the nations in which they live. There are no churches or Christian schools in Afghanistan. Islamic fundamentalists have attacked Christian communities in Nigeria and Somalia. Christians in the Middle East and parts of Asia are a severe minority, and face constant pressure because of their beliefs.
The most powerful way Christians can show their support for the persecuted is through prayer, says the organization. Millions will be gathering in churches and meetings this Sunday to pray for the endangered members of the Christian community.
IDOP began in 1996 and has grown to be one of the largest prayer events in the world. Many are wearing wristbands made available by Open Doors USA to spread awareness about the campaign.
To get more information about persecuted Christians, visit www.onewiththem.com.