13 posts categorized “IDOP”

November 1, 2013

New Web Site encourages prayer for persecuted Christians

A new web site is live this week in conjunction with the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), which churches around the world will commemorate this Sunday, November 3.

The site, www.iCommitToPray.com, invites Christians around the world to commit to pray for those persecuted because of their faith in Christ and to share their prayers with other believers.

“The first request of our persecuted family, when we go and visit them, is that we pray for them,” said Todd Nettleton, spokesperson for The Voice of the Martyrs, which developed and launched the new site. “iCommitToPray.com grew out of our desire to fulfill their request.”

The site will be updated with current prayer needs from hostile and restricted nations weekly so that Christians can remember to pray for the persecuted every week, not just one week in November.

“The idea for this site really grew out of activity we already saw on the VOM Facebook page,” Nettleton said. “We often post prayer requests, and we began to see people comment on the post and type in their prayers for those currently being persecuted. And others would be encouraged by that, and add their own prayer in the next comment, and so on. At times we could even print out those prayers and show them to the Christians in hostile and restricted nations, and they were incredibly blessed to see very tangibly that Christians around the world hadn’t forgotten them and were lifting them up in prayer. We want iCommitToPray.com to be a site dedicated to that kind of prayer and encouragement.”

Users who register on the site can post their written prayers, then invite friends to join with them in prayer through social media.

“What we envision for iCommitToPray.com is a great prayer meeting for persecuted Christians. But instead of gathering in a church, or someone’s living room, Christians will gather online to pray for the persecuted church,” said Nettleton.


October 25, 2013

The Blessings of Persecution (video)

While most US churches will “Remember those in bonds” (Heb. 13:3) during the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) in November, First Wesleyan Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma chose October 20 for their commemoration. The church’s pastor invited VOM’s Todd Nettleton—a member of the church—to bring the message in the morning services.

The church offers video streaming of their services, and we hope Persecution Blog readers will be blessed by the video.

  

VOM offers several resources to help your church commemorate IDOP Sunday. Visit VOM’s IDOP web page for more information. You can also learn more about VOM speakers coming to your area, or request a speaker at your church, at www.VOMMeetings.com.


October 21, 2013

IDOP: Less Than Two Weeks Away

With less than two weeks to go before this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on November 3, is your church planning to “Remember them that are in bonds” (Hebrews 13:3) on this significant Sunday?

The Voice of the Martyrs has created a short film to invite and inspire your church to pray for our persecuted family around the world. This year’s film focuses on Christians in Northern Nigeria, and was shot on location in that nation with help from Christians there.

 

VOM will send you—FREE of charge—a DVD of this powerful film to share with your church congregation or Sunday School class. You can also purchase additional resources to remind your church to pray for persecuted Christians, not only on IDOP Sunday but throughout the year.

Order today in order to insure delivery in time for November 3.


October 9, 2013

#WhyWePray video contest: First Place

Earlier this year, VOM launched the Why We Pray video contest, inviting readers and friends to create a video to invite and inspire American Christians to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

It is hoped that these videos will reach many viewers during the season leading up to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), which occurs on the first Sunday of November. This is a key time of reaching out to American Christians to remind them of our persecuted brothers and sisters, and remind them of the importance of praying for the persecuted church.

To be eligible for entry into the contest, videos had to be no more than two minutes in length, be posted to YouTube and have at least 200 views before being entered into the contest.

VOM's judging panel reviewed all entries to the contest and selected the winners. We are posting the top three video contest entries this week on the Persecution Blog, and today we bring you the FIRST PLACE WINNER:

 

Congratulations to the creators of the winning videos, and than you to all of the people who created videos and entered the contest. THANK YOU for being a voice for persecuted Christians and encouraging others to pray for them. You can see a playlist of all the contest entries here.


October 8, 2013

#WhyWePray video contest: Second Place

Earlier this year, VOM launched the Why We Pray video contest, inviting readers and friends to create a video to invite and inspire American Christians to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

It is hoped that these videos will reach many viewers during the season leading up to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), which occurs on the first Sunday of November. This is a key time of reaching out to American Christians to remind them of our persecuted brothers and sisters, and remind them of the importance of praying for the persecuted church.

To be eligible for entry into the contest, videos had to be no more than two minutes in length, be posted to YouTube and have at least 200 views before being entered into the contest.

VOM's judging panel reviewed all entries to the contest and selected the winners. We are posting the top three video contest entries this week on the Persecution Blog, and today we present the SECOND PLACE VIDEO:

 

This is the second time VOM has held a video contest. The first time, filmmakers were challenged to create a video sharing the plight of Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother in Pakistan who has been sentenced to death. The videos were to present Bibi’s story and then encourage viewers to sign a petition asking for Asia’s release at www.CallForMercy.com. The winning video in that contest has already been viewed more than 39,000 times on YouTube.


October 3, 2013

IDOP: One month to go

One month from today—November 3—marks the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). On this special Sunday thousands of churches, literally from around the world, take time to “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).

Some churches will commit the entire day to our persecuted brothers and sisters. And many will have a special time of prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. VOM has prepared a special video to be shown in churches to remind viewers of the importance of praying for our persecuted family.

In conjunction with IDOP Sunday VOM is launching www.ICommitToPray.com, a new website that will be updated weekly with a prayer request from among our persecuted brothers and sisters. After reading the prayer request each week, you will be able to post prayers specifically for that need, as well as encouraging your friends to join you in praying for the persecuted church.

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Our hope is that http://www.ICommitToPray.com will develop into a global community of Christian believers who choose to take a public stand alongside our persecuted brothers and sisters through prayer!

Go to www.ICommitToPray.com and sign up for the weekly prayer alerts. The first alert will be sent November 3, IDOP Sunday. Commit yourself to join with other believers around the world in praying for those who suffer for the name of Christ.


September 5, 2013

IDOP: November 3

This year's International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) will be November 3. VOM has created a special video to be shown in churches that Sunday to remind American Christians of the importance of praying for our persecuted family. This year's video focuses on persecution in Nigeria.

This year VOM is making the IDOP DVD available for FREE to enable more churches to be a part of IDOP. CLICK HERE to request your free Victoria DVD, and to purchase additional resources to help your church "Remember those in bonds" (Hebrews 13:3) on IDOP Sunday. 


December 14, 2012

IDOP: Small but mighty

A member of the Voice Volunteer Network recently shared her experience showing the International Day of Prayer video featuring an imprisoned pastor in Southeast Asia. She shared the video at two churches on IDOP Sunday: her home church and All Nations Church, a Thai/Lao church she and her husband have attended.

Although All Nations Church is not Angela Thompson and her husband’s home church, the congregation welcomed the opportunity to see the IDOP video. Angela was ecstatic. As refugees from Laos and its surrounding countries, members at All Nations Church personally know that Laos, one of the few remaining Communist countries in the world, is hostile — even volatile — towards Christians.

Angela sat in awe as Pastor A. Phang translated the IDOP video for his congregation. And although a refugee from Laos, Pastor Phang stayed quiet after the video and asked Angela to talk. As she stood in front of All Nations Church, she saw tears in the eyes of the members.

“All I could think was, ‘These people know persecution first hand, and for some, their families are still facing it.’ Always before and after showing a VOM video clip, I see the crowd moved. Today was different.”

This crowd didn’t need to be asked, “Do you know about the Christian persecution in Laos?” The church’s members are refugees from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. One woman is from the same area as the Christian featured in the video.  Suddenly, Angela realized that the stories of persecution she talks about are happening here, directly affecting members of her own church.

Pastor Phang’s wife was crying. She told the congregation that only three months ago, her father visited them in the United States and became a Christian. When he returned home, his family was irate with his decision and harassed him. He is not allowed to attend church. He has to read his Bible in hiding. In their understanding of persecution, the church agreed — Pastor Phang must send the IDOP video to all Laotian churches in the United States.

Moving on to Whitesburg Baptist Church, the Thompson’s home church, Angela showed the video once more. With more than 1,500 in attendance, many hearts were touched by “Boun’s” testimony. It was a great sermon. The pastor asked those who brought their Bibles to raise them high in the air. With hundreds of Bibles lifted, he challenged them “What would you do to get your hands on a Bible?” Many eyes were opened to the reality of Christian persecution.

Still, throughout the day, the phrase “Small but mighty,” echoed in Angela’s heart. Only 26 attended All Nations Church, but their appreciation reached a new level —one of action and prayer. Join them in prayer for persecuted Christians.


October 18, 2012

Reminder: It's Not Too Late to Get Your Church a IDOP Kit

With only a few weeks away from the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2012, I wanted to remind you that you still have time to purchase this years IDOP kit. Here's what you'll receive when you purchase the kit this year.

Screen shot 2012-10-18 at 3.27.30 PMHe could stand the torture, but he couldn't stand a day without his Bible.

Boun, a Laotian pastor, spent 13 years in prison for his faith. Although he faced many difficulties, he made it through on the strength of God’s Word. By watching Boun’s story on DVD, you will learn how this unlikely Bible smuggler brought Bibles into his prison camp, and your heart will be stirred to pray for the persecuted.

Nov. 11 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Order your 2012 Church Resource Kit to help facilitate this special day of prayer. In addition to the DVD with Boun's story, this kit includes the following:

* 25 prayer brochures with a free book offer from VOM
* 10 VOM Special Issue newsletters with a Prayer Map and a Global Report offer
* 1 sheet of prayer cards (4 cards, 8 images)
* an 8-page IDOP prayer resource for kids

Please click here to order yours today!


October 9, 2012

Get Your IDOP Kit Today! - November 11, 2012

Screen shot 2012-10-09 at 2.58.03 PMThe International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is coming soon, which is why I want to remind you that our IDOP kits are now available for order.

Here's what you'll get in your IDOP kit:

He could stand the torture, but he couldn't stand a day without his Bible.

Boun, a Laotian pastor, spent 13 years in prison for his faith. Although he faced many difficulties, he made it through on the strength of God’s Word. By watching Boun’s story on DVD, you will learn how this unlikely Bible smuggler brought Bibles into his prison camp, and your heart will be stirred to pray for the persecuted.

Nov. 11 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Order your 2012 Church Resource Kit to help facilitate this special day of prayer. In addition to the DVD with Boun's story, this kit includes the following:

* 25 prayer brochures with a free book offer from VOM
* 10 VOM Special Issue newsletters with a Global Report and a Prayer Map
* 1 sheet of prayer cards (4 cards, 8 images)
* an 8-page IDOP prayer resource for kids

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOURS TODAY