International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Every year the first two Sundays of November are dedicated to Christians who suffer because of persecution. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church was celebrated on November 4 and 11. The purpose of this day is to ask Christians around the world to join in prayer for their Christian brothers and sisters who suffer persecution.

These days of prayer have existed since 1996 by the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Commission. According to Open Doors USA, the aim of the initiative is that “Christians throughout the free world [to] band together in solidarity with believers who live out their faith in the face of harassment, attacks, false imprisonment and even death.”

Each year the event has a special theme. This year it was: “Listen to their cry.” Particular emphasis was placed on the founding of the International Day of Prayer website, on which numerous stories of these brothers and sisters from all over the world are shared. As stated on the website, more than 6,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria this year alone. In Pakistan, 700 Christian women and girls are kidnapped and forced to convert every year. Last January, Open Doors USA stated that more than 215 million Christians worldwide were persecuted for their faith.

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