One of the the biggest problems facing Christians today is the plight of the Persecuted Church. Thousands and thousands of people around the world are persecuted, even to the death, daily for their Christian beliefs. What can we do as individuals to help these oppressed people? Here are some ideas:
Pray--make a commitment to pray daily for the Persecuted Church. I recieve weekly prayer bulletins from both the Voice of the Martyrs and the International Christian Concern. Voice of the Martyrs also has a program that helps concerned Christians write letters of encouragement to those who have been imprisoned for their faith. Go to http://www.persecution.com/ and http://www.persecutedchurch.org/ for more resources. Voice of the Martyrs also provides some beautiful resources and downloads for children at their website http://www.kidsofcourage.com/
Get the Word Out--sadly enough, many Christians aren't even aware of the needs of the Persecuted Church. November 8 is the date for the 2009 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This would be a good time to organize a time of group prayer on the church or community level, or if you wanted to really host an all-out event, Voice of the Martyrs has a Church Resource Kit available from their website to help you get started. The website is http://www.vombooks.com/.
Won't you join me in making a commitment to pray daily for our suffering brothers and sisters in the Persecuted Church?