This Sunday (Nov. 5), one ministry will be setting aside a day of prayer for persecuted Christians worldwide.
Voice of the Martyrs, an international ministry established to protect the human rights of persecuted Christians, will host their annual International Day of Prayer For Persecuted Christians this Sunday and will continue throughout November.
“This special day is set aside as a global prayer meeting for persecuted Christians who stand as a bold witness to Christ on the world's most dangerous mission frontiers. The earnest prayers of the global body of believers testify to the unity found only in Christ. May God inspire us as we enter into fellowship with our persecuted Christian family,” the description reads on VOM’s website.
According to a report by Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS), an average of 13 Christians are killed daily for their faith.
“One of the things I find most important about this day is that it wasn’t the idea of The Voice of the Martyrs. It wasn’t the idea of American Christians,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA said, Mission Network News reported.
“Voice of the Martyrs has a plethora of resources for the International Day of Prayer available digitally. Share them with your pastor, whoever leads your small group, and tell him, ‘Hey, this is coming up; I want to ensure our church is involved,’” he continued.
“Pastors like to hear from people in their congregation about things that are important to them. Let your pastor know this is important to you.”
The ministry also posted a video on YouTube highlighting the story about how a young boy raised in a Buddhist home would convert to Christianity after his first-grade teacher would read the Scriptures to him.
“The goal of the video is simply to put a name and a face on the people we’re praying for so that we can pray more knowledgeably and effectively, rather than [saying,] ‘God bless persecuted Christians,’ and we don’t know what they’re going through, who they are, or what they look like,” Nettleton noted.
“It’s not too late to involve your church or small group in prayer for persecuted Christians.”
“If you’re in leadership at a church, maybe you’ve already planned everything that will happen on November 5. Okay, pick November 12 [or] November 19,” Nettleton concluded. “Make sure your church is praying for our persecuted family in November.”
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.
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