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The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is this Sunday Nov. 2. This year, the persecution watchdog group Open Doors is urging Christians around the world to participate in the event since persecution of believers is so prevalent in our news today, specifically with the acts of Muslim extremist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram.
At the same time, Open Doors president and CEO David Curry said that persecution of Christians has been occurring continuously for many years.
“People need to understand that persecution of Christians is not episodic, it's ongoing, and the pressure is building. So while we may hear it on episodes — when someone is beheaded, when one town or another is overrun by jihadists rebels — we hear about that, but it's happening every day,” Curry said.
Curry called for all denominations of Christians to unite in an effort to stop the persecution of believers. “We need to see each other as brothers and sisters, all with different faith expressions perhaps, but we are one body, and we need to pull together as such,” he said.
Open Doors will be hosting live webcasts on Saturday and Sunday where Christians can tune in to listen to experts speak about the persecution crisis, as well as pray for persecuted believers.
The webcasts can be accessed the ath One With Them website.
Publication date: October 30, 2014