As Christians from around the world are facing persecution in unprecedented numbers, churches and Christian organizations will hold special prayers for the protection of Christians in persecuted countries on Sunday to mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2016.
“At no other time in history have Christians been as persecuted as they are now,” says Dr. Vernon Brewer, president and founder of the Christian humanitarian organization World Help, in a statement. “Some estimate more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the past century than in the previous 19 combined, and persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia seems to be on the rise.”
“From merciless killing, destruction of churches and buildings, to being forced to denounce Jesus as their Lord, Christians are being stripped of the ability to follow Christ in safety and freedom,” says Open Doors USA on its website, urging Christians to join them in praying for the persecuted church on Sunday.
Brewer draws attention to the IDOP coming just two days before the U.S. Election Day.
“Our next president is going to inherit a world that is as broken as it has ever been,” Brewer says. “He or she will face the greatest refugee crisis we have seen since World War II, the threat of global terrorism, and sweeping persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians, in nations like Iraq, the place where Christianity was born. Therefore, we also pray this may be a time when we, as a nation, return to our Christian roots— both in policy and practice — and stand for all who are oppressed and in need. May we continue to be a source of hope and a blessing for the world.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post