A powerful opportunity to pray is coming Nov. 14. Millions worldwide will unite that Sunday for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). This global day of intercession promotes prayer for persecuted Christians, their oppressors, nations that promote or ignore persecution, as well as ongoing prayer and educated involvement on behalf of the persecuted. 

Many persecuted Christians have asked for more vocal support of their cases. We also must use our advocacy voice to speak out in their behalf. In India, for example, dubious leaders seeking reelection don't want word to spread that India is a horrible persecutor of religious minorities. 

Major physical needs exist, such as coming to the aid of Christians affected by flooding in Pakistan and standing beside war refugees in Iraq. Often aid distribution is barred from Christians. Church leaders from one country on Open Doors' World Watch List shared with me the need for an accredited underground seminary. Our generous donations strengthen the Church even as it is attacked. 

We must reacquaint the American church with Matt. 10:22, which says, "All men will hate you because of me…" 

Jesus promised we would be persecuted. He didn't come with the message that He is but one of many good social options. Jesus is Lord. And it is no small thing to follow Him. 

Carl Moeller, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Open Doors USA, the American arm of Open Doors International, a worldwide ministry that has supported and strengthened persecuted Christians in restricted countries since 1955. 

Publication date: November 5, 2010

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The 2010 International Day of Prayer is coming up and our kits are running out! Order your free IDOP Church kit today and join the largest global prayer event of its kind.

When you join together to pray for persecuted Christians, you discover a deep connection to the body of Christ around the world. This year's kit will help empower this connection by facilitating prayer in your church or small group.

Inside the kit you'll receive:  

  • 2 x 5 ft. Free to Believe Banner  
  • Free to Believe Videos  
  • Ideas for Church Engagement (online only)  
  • Extensive Prayer points  
  • Bulletin Inserts

Join us in prayer Sunday, November 14th in your church, in your small group, or even in your home. We know you'll be blessed.

Carl Moeller
Carl Moeller
Open Doors USA