Prayer reaches further than persecution

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IDOP 2019An organization that aids, equips, and advocates for Christians who are oppressed or persecuted for their faith is urging churches and their members to plan now to focus on prayer for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

Wendy Wright of Christian Freedom International tells OneNewsNow an estimated 260 million Christians live in countries with high levels of persecution.

"These are places such as China, where pastors are arrested, churches are destroyed, [and] children are forbidden from even attending a church or being taught religious teachings, even from their own parents," Wright reports. "In places of worship -- churches or homes -- people are required to remove pictures of Jesus and replace them with pictures of Chinese leaders."

Chinese authorities are extending their reach into Hong Kong with the same policies, and Christians in other areas of the world know their struggles all too well.

Wright

"We can focus our prayers on Nigeria, where Christians are being massacred on a mass scale, and Pakistan and Egypt, where Christian girls and women are kidnapped and then forcibly converted and forcibly married off to Muslim men in order to separate them forever from their families," Wright adds.

Since these are only a few examples, Sunday, November 1st has been set aside as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Christian Freedom International, Voice of the Martyrs, and International Christian Concern are among the organizations that offer resources for the event.

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