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IDOP Will Be on November 3rd

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) will be observed on November 3rd this year. You can make plans now to join other Christians across the country in praying for persecuted Christians.

How can you prepare?

*Let your parents, teacher, or children’s/youth pastor know about IDOP, and ask if you can help them prepare to observe it with your class or group.

*Make a list of five to 10 countries where Christians are persecuted. Enter the name of each country in the Search box on this site to find information about some of the struggles faced by Christians in those countries. Or, make a list of persecuted Christians from stories on this site or on prisoneralert.com. List two or three prayer points for each country or Christian.

*Plan to start praying about the prayer points on November 3rd and to continue praying after IDOP. Read below about a way that one family prays for persecuted Christians.

Tamara S. commented on VOM’s Facebook page about how her family prays for persecuted Christians at mealtime: “We have Popsicle sticks in a vase with the names of hostile and restricted nations on them, and some of them have names of imprisoned [Christians] on them,” she said. “We try to draw one every meal at which we sit down together.”

*Tell an adult about IDOP resources for adults available here. Teachers and parents can also find lesson plans for children and youth in the Downloads section of this site.


Treasure Chest Prayer Box

This year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed on November 3rd. IDOP encourages us to pray for persecuted Christians around the world, not just on November 3rd, but throughout the year.

You can make a treasure chest prayer box to help you begin a habit of prayer for persecuted Christians.

 

1. Buy or make a prayer box. (See the suggestion in the photo.)
2. Add handmade items or small items you have purchased that can help you remember specific needs of persecuted Christians.
3. Find scripture verses that relate to the items and to Christians in countries where their faith puts them at risk.
4. Use the items and verses to compose a prayer for the Christians. (Examples of items and verses, and three prayer examples, are below.)
5. Choose an item each day to guide you in your prayers.
6. As you hear stories about persecuted Christians during the next year, add new items to the box that relate to their stories.

Shield
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped. — Psalm 28:7
Heavenly Father, please protect and guard Christians who are in danger today. Thank you for helping them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Crown
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12
Dear God, Please help Christians in [name of a country where Christians are persecuted] stay strong in their faith and take comfort in your eternal promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible (God’s Word)
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness…. — Acts 4:29
Dear God, Thank you for Christians who speak your word boldly. Let them continue to have courage, even when they are threatened. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sword
Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication, To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…. — Ephesians 6:17-18

Tissue (to dry tears)
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! — Psalm 126:5

Bandage
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. — Psalm 147:3

Music Note
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. — Psalm 42:8

Light
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me. — Psalm 43:3

Cross
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. — 1 Corinthians 1:18

Heart
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. — Proverbs 3:5


Hidden Bible Activity for Younger Children

Hidden Activity

Photocopy this page for children to color and to find the three hidden Bibles. Explain that Christians in some countries have to keep their Bibles hidden from people who do not want others to follow Jesus.

(Source: The Kids of Courage IDOP Lesson Plans, available in the Downloads section.)


Where is Raymond Koh?

In February 2017, three SUVs forced Pastor Raymond Koh’s car to the side of the road in Malaysia, removed him from the car, and kidnapped him. His family has not seen him or his car since that day. You can read more about them in this post.

The 2017 abduction wasn’t the first time the pastor had faced persecution because of his faith and service; he had previously received a box of bullets in the mail, warning him to stop his ministry work.

Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the kidnapping of Pastor Raymond and others on the “Special Branch” of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.

You and your family can visit ReleaseRaymond.com and sign a petition calling for Pastor Raymond’s release and for the disclosure of all information the government has about his abduction. The petition will be delivered by VOM to Malaysia’s embassy in Washington, D.C.

“I pray that a growing chorus of voices from around the world will lead to Pastor Raymond’s freedom and to a full explanation for his abduction,” said VOM Radio’s Todd Nettleton. “The criminals should be brought to justice, even if they wear police uniforms. And I hope that Susanna and her family will be encouraged by knowing that members of Christ’s body around the world are standing with them.”

Note: For security reasons, the Malaysian government will only receive your first name, last initial and country of residence.

(Photo: The Koh family before Pastor Koh disappeared.)


Head Carry Relay

Needed: Two books

Instructions: Women in Nigeria and some other African countries carry items on their heads. Divide students into two teams with an equal number of players. Have the first player on each team carefully balance a book on their head.

After a signal to start, the players walk as far as they can without touching the book with their hands. At the point where the book falls off or the player touches it with their hand, the second player from that team takes over and continues from that point. When both teams have used all their players, the team that went the farthest distance wins.

Enter “Nigeria” in the Search box to find stories of bold Nigerian Christians.