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Time to Pray: Five Suggestions

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November 2 is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It is also the day when people set their clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. Can you get up an hour “early” and donate your hour to persecuted Christians? Below are five suggestions about how you might use the hour.

  1. Five common needs of persecuted Christians are: Bibles and Christian materials, school for their children, a way to worship, transportation to places to share Jesus, and physical healing. Pray for their needs. Learn more about the needs in the IDOP Lesson Plan.
  2. Choose one country to pray for every day from now until Christmas. Begin praying for that country.
  3. Jeremiah was persecuted for telling the truth. Read the story in Jeremiah 38:1–13. Pray for someone who has been mistreated for standing up for the truth.
  4. Make a bookmark for your Bible that reminds you of the prayer needs of five countries often in the news, such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Israel, and China. Go to the Countries section or enter the country names in the search box for more information about the countries.
  5. Make a plan to share what you know about the prayer needs of persecuted Christians with Christians in your church, Sunday school class, school class, or family. Practice telling a story about persecuted Christians and describing the prayer needs of persecuted Christians so you will be ready to share.

Welcoming Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)

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Can your family or class take a welcome gift or a special occasion gift to a student or family from another country?

News reports say that more than 800,000 people from other countries are students in the United States. Many of the students say they do not have friends in the U.S., and they wish they had some.

You might want to include VOM’s Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD with your gift. The DVD is available in Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Spanish, and English. For more information, see the offer in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. (The newsletter offers English/Spanish DVDs for 5 for $10 and 20 for $20. DVDs in other languages are available for $2 each.)

To watch a trailer from the DVD and to view photos of how it was produced, visit www.theJesusMovie.com.


Make Plans for Christmas Care

Christmas Care

Are you looking for a unique Christmas project for your family or group? Every year, VOM supporters provide Christmas Care packs to children in countries where Christians are persecuted.

The packs include clothing, school supplies, health items, Christian books, and other gifts.
The children are encouraged to know that Christians from other countries care for them and are thinking about them at Christmastime.

Watch for more information about how you can sponsor the packs in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and on this website.


Cards for Prisoners

Prisoner Alert

October 4th is “World Card Making Day.” The day is a good time to start making greeting cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To learn about how you can send cards to bless Christian prisoners around the world, visit the “Writing to Prisoners” page on www.prisoneralert.com. The site also tells the stories of prisoners to whom you can send cards or letters.

When making a card or writing a letter, take your time and do your very best work. Your mail can be a witness to non-Christians as well as an encouragement for a prisoner.

“Whatever you do, do well” (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NLT).


Make Plans for IDOP

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Invite your family, friends, and church group to participate in The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on November 2, 2014.

A 2014 Kids of Courage Lesson Plan and resources for children and young adults are available for free download in the Downloads section.

Hebrews 13:3
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.


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