Set Aside Sunday, November 11, as a Church-Wide Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
The Tide® Global Radio Ministry Urges Christians to Lift Up Brothers and Sisters Who Are Experiencing Restrictions and Violence for Beliefs
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—This Sunday, Nov. 11, Christians and churches worldwide will join in prayer again for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing persecution around the globe.
For the second week of the observation of the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, believers will unite in prayer for the 215 million Christians who are persecuted for their faith—some on a daily basis.
The Tide®(www.thetide.org) global radio ministry records and broadcasts Gospel programming in 25 languages in eight countries—half of which are on this year’s World Watch List for Christian persecution from Open Doors USA. The Tide ministry shares the Good News of Jesus in India (No. 11 on the list), Nigeria (No. 14), Nepal (No. 25) and Bhutan (No. 33).
The Tide Director Don Shenk recently returned from a trip to India, Nepal and Pakistan, which is No. 5 on the list, where he met with leaders, learned more about each culture and explored further broadcast opportunities.
“The Bible tells us that where two or three are gathered, there the Lord will be also,” Shenk said. “When we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters alone or with our families, God hears us. But it is so powerful when an entire church comes together in prayer—especially in this case, to pray for other churches that do not experience the same religious freedom we enjoy here in America. I have always had a heart for persecuted Christians, but seeing the restrictions, limits and fear Christians experienced in India, Nepal and Pakistan on my recent trip opened my eyes even further and made the problem very real. May we pray earnestly this Sunday for peace, protection and a future where believers are not persecuted for their faith.”
Ranking just above Pakistan are the four top countries with extreme persecution on the World Watch List in 2018: North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan.
The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 aim to keep with the scriptural command in Hebrews 13:3 for Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilize the global Church to respond to their plight, while also becoming a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers. For information and resources on the two Sundays set aside for prayer, click here.
The Tide ministry currently offers audio programming in 25 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions of Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe, making it possible for multiple people groups to hear the Gospel in the languages they were born to speak.
For more information about The Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, the “Every Knee, Every Tongue” campaign, the “Have You Heard?” initiative, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its web site at www.thetide.org or its Facebook page. Read more about The Tide ministry and Don Shenk here.