Thousands of churches in the US have been asked to set aside time in their services April 17 in order to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. The Voice of the Martyrs is one of the ministries behind this effort, called “Stand With the Persecuted Sunday.”
The first request of persecuted Christians, when VOM staff meet with them around the world, is that American Christians will pray for them. What is challenging to us is that they are not asking us to pray that they will be released from their suffering or that persecution will end; instead they ask us to pray that they will be FAITHFUL TO CHRIST in spite of what it costs them.
The Voice of the Martyrs has numerous resources to help your church be inspired to pray more fervently for our persecuted family. One video that speaks specifically to what Christians in the Middle East are facing is called Leina’s Prayer:
The Voice of the Martyrs also provides ways for your church to participate in practical ministries to help persecuted believers, including the new Family Med Packs initiative, as well as Action Packs and Bibles.
We are thankful that more US ministries are taking up the call to remember our persecuted family (Heb. 13:3), and we look forward to an army of prayer warriors joining the battle on April 17, as well as the first Sunday in November, The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.