Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition Joins Millions for Two Sundays of Prayer for Persecuted Church
Nov. 4 and 11 Mark International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
WASHINGTON—Throughout the year, the Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition advocates daily on behalf of 215 million Christians facing heavy persecution worldwide.
In a special way over the next two Sundays, the Coalition will join with millions of others to pray for followers of Christ who are facing daily persecution, attacks, violence and more simply because of their faith in Jesus.
This Sunday and next Sunday—Nov. 4 and 11—Christians will join together for the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The annual observation sets aside time to unite in prayer for the millions of Christians who are persecuted for their faith daily.
“Many Christians who are concerned for their brothers and sisters in Christ pray daily for their safety and peace,” said founding Coalition member and Save the Persecuted Christians Director Dede Laugesen. “But these two Sundays dedicated to worldwide prayer of solidarity will send the strong message that we are indeed committed to these precious souls. Where two or three are gathered in His name, there the Lord will be also. How powerful will it be when hundreds of thousands or perhaps even millions gather in prayer for the global persecuted church?”
Especially in light of the headlines over the past several months, including the release of pastor Andrew Brunson and renewed concern for the life of imprisoned Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, raising awareness about Christian persecution is crucial, as violence toward and imprisonment of Christians occurs so routinely it rarely makes the news. For example, according to Open Doors, 255 Christians are killed worldwide every month. 104 Christians are abducted. 180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage. 160 Christians are detained or imprisoned without trial. And 66 churches are attacked. Every month.
With such staggering statistics, and the knowledge that most of these crimes are not covered in the media, the STPC Coalition developed a special news aggregator—www.ChristianPersecutionNews.com—to capture current instances of persecution that do make the news and to provide readers an easy way to share these heartbreaking stories with others.
One of the simple and economical ways Americans can render support is by encouraging their pastors and faith leaders to visit www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org and to order a free banner to display in front of their houses of worship. These simple banners feature a graphic “Save Us” plea with a cross and the coalition’s website where Americans can learn about the global persecution of Christians and find out more about what they can do to help stop it.
Prayer is powerful and is needed when so much of the world’s population is attacked, imprisoned or exiled for their beliefs. The time is fitting for the work of the STPC Coalition. The Coalition is building a movement like one in the 1970s that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—so as to press for policy changes that will hold the persecutors accountable and increase the costs for their crimes against humanity. Building such a movement is necessary to provide American policymakers the leverage needed to influence change worldwide and to alleviate the suffering of those who are being persecuted merely because of their faith in Jesus Christ.