Thousands of Youth Worldwide to Join Prayer Initiative for the Persecuted

Open Doors International’s youth outreach, Underground, will head a prayer initiative for youths worldwide to pray for persecuted Christians.

SHOCKWAVE kicks off in New Zealand and will literally work its way across the time zones covering the entire world. The global 72-hour youth prayer event is slated for Mar. 3-5 and will take place in SHOCKWAVE chat rooms as well as at prayer meetings throughout the world. This will be the fifth annual SHOCKWAVE event.

“SHOCKWAVE is a global phenomenon,” said Jeff Shreve, Underground Coordinator for Open Doors USA, in a news release on Jan. 18. “There's opportunity for masses of young people from many different places, races and backgrounds to unite and pray for persecuted believers worldwide. If you are looking for a way to get your young people involved, this is it.”

Last year, thousands of young people from 19 nations prayed for persecuted Christians. Underground expects the total number of participants to increase “dramatically” this year.

According to Underground, the event can be run as an all-night event, an evening or even a prayer breakfast.

Shreve concludes: “Our goal is not only to pray, but also raise awareness about our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. Many people don’t realize that persecution is taking place. SHOCKWAVE will inform and urge youth to take action.”

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