The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (November 9, 2014)
The 2000 General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted the following resolution:
Whereas, many societies are intolerant of religious people, and deny them human rights; and
Whereas, according to the U.S. State Department, the governments of over 60 nations around the world condone the persecution of Christians; and
Whereas, the people called Methodist have traditionally taken the lead in opposing injustice, intolerance, and bigotry; and
Whereas, Methodists believe in the power of prayer,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the United Methodist congregations observe an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
Be it further resolved that, through our earnest prayers, we may grow in our sense of unity with Christians around the world and become more aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters who suffer because of their Christian faith.
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), is a global time of intercession for for the unnamed thousands of Christians who are persecuted because of their faith. Several websites (listed below) offer printed resources, downloadable PowerPoint slides, and more to assist you in planning a time of intercession. Sunday, November 14, is the official day set aside for this observance by the IDOP. Individual annual conferences of The United Methodist Church may determine different dates. It would also be suitable to set aside a time to pray for persecuted Christians on additional Sundays.
Resources for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
(November 13 is this year's official day of prayer for the persecuted church.)
International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church
Open Doors -- International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
"Can We Assist the Persecuted Church?" — Article on Crosswalk.com
Voice of the Martyrs Website (requires free logon)
A Service of Prayer for Persecuted Christians
Resources for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church -- Compiled by Dean McIntyre, Director of Music Resources, Discipleship Ministries