Christians and Christian organizations are making plans now for
the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, which
will be held this year on Sunday, November 11.
the Martyrs (VOM) spokesman Todd Nettleton explains that the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) should be a
significant day on the church calendar because it is a day when
Christians around the world take time to remember their
persecuted brothers and sisters.
"[We remember] those who
go to church at great risk, those who serve Christ at great risk,
and it's really a celebration of the unity of the Body of Christ,
because the Bible says when one part suffers, we're all supposed to
feel that pain," Nettleton notes. "The International Day of
Prayer is an important part of joining in the pain that our
brothers and sisters endure."
The VOM spokesman adds that persecution has increased
dramatically over the last decade.
"[There have been] significant issues of persecution, even in
the last year, across the Middle East with the changes that have
gone on there," he says. "The Christians there are very concerned
about what may come their way. So ... the IDOP takes on maybe even
more significance this year as we see the events in the Middle
Persecution of Christians has also been on the uptick in the
northern part of Africa, according to VOM.
November 11 is an important day for churches to be involved, but
Nettleton encourages prayer year round. A special
section of Voice of the Martyrs' website has been set
up to focus on the event.
Even though a Christian is no longer under the death penalty in
Iran, one group is maintaining focus on other persecuted Christians
in the country.