Youth to Pray for Persecuted Christians during Shockwave

Janet Chismar

Imagine this: Millions of young people from different countries and ethnic backgrounds around the world coming together with one mind and vision on behalf of Christians who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.

That's what will take place on Friday, March 5, 2004 when Underground, the youth outreach of Open Doors with Brother Andrew - the oldest ongoing ministry to the Persecuted Church - sponsors SHOCKWAVE. It is a global 24-hour youth prayer event that will take place in SHOCKWAVE chat rooms as well as at prayer meetings throughout the world, including the United States.

SHOCKWAVE will start in New Zealand and work its way across the time zones, literally covering the world in prayer for the estimated 200 million members of the Persecuted Church. This will be the third annual SHOCKWAVE event.

"I think that SHOCKWAVE has the potential to be the single most important event in history in mobilizing people to pray for the Persecuted Church," says Dr. Carl Moeller, President of Open Doors USA. "Combining the connectivity of the internet with the power of worldwide focused prayer, potentially millions of God's people will unite on March 5 in one massive effort to ask Him to strengthen His Body. Don't miss it!"

Jeff Shreve, Underground coordinator for Open Doors USA, adds that "SHOCKWAVE is a tremendous opportunity for young people to make a difference. We anticipate amazing things happening. Our persecuted brothers and sisters always ask us to first of all pray for them. And that's exactly what SHOCKWAVE is all about. Prayer changes lives!"

SHOCKWAVE can be done individually or as a group. The SHOCKWAVE message board and chat area can be accessed by going to the Open Doors USA Underground site at

To receive a SHOCKWAVE 2004 resource pack, including how to run an event and video clips, e-mail Jeff Shreve at, call 870-389-6390 or go to the Underground web site.

Jenni, a 2003 SHOCKWAVE participant from Australia, sums up what the event is all about: "Many of us joined together in Sydney to pray. There was an incredible sense of unity as we came together from different churches. It was a real buzz to think that many other people worldwide would be joining us in prayer. When I came home I couldn't help but think how happy God must have been when He saw His global church come together in unity with one purpose in mind. I believe SHOCKWAVE is impacting  the world now and will impact it in the future."

An estimated 200 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with another 200 to 400 million facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors, founded almost 50 years ago by Brother Andrew, author of the best-selling book "God's Smuggler," serves and strengthens the Persecuted Church in the world's most difficult areas through training, Bible and literature distribution, community development and personal encouragement.


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