Christians called to take action on International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

An Iraqi Christian man from Mosul, who fled from violence, reads a book at the Latin Patriarchate Church in Amman

Christians called to take action on International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church and

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is a two-Sunday event that started Sunday, November 5 and ends on Sunday, November 12. The theme of this year's annual day of prayer is "From Ashes to Glory."

Religious organizations are encouraging Christians across the U.S. to pray on Sunday for persecuted Christians around the world and then to call your representatives on Monday to tell them to pass legislation to help fellow believers.

Christianity is the most persecuted religion on the planet with a Christian dying for their faith every six minutes, and churches across the United States have been urged to "remember those in bonds" as the "International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church" is observed Sunday.

It's a day "where we hope every church will take some time out to follow the scriptural mandate that says, 'Remember those in bonds as if you were bound with them,'" says Todd Nettleton at the Voice of the Martyrs USA.

As Christians will pray in churches, a group of Christians will gather in prayer and public witness in front of the White House for the persecuted church.

"We gather in front of the White House to pray for our brothers and sisters and stand in solidarity with the persecuted church on this special day," says Rev. Patrick Mahoney, pastor of Church on the Hill and director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C.

"We can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to violence and persecution directed toward those who choose to follow Christ. No one should face intimidation or harassment because of their faith, beliefs or religious convictions," the pastor says, adding, "We will also be praying and calling upon the the Trump administration and America to continue to protect Christians and religious freedom around the world."

As many as 117 Coptic Orthodox Christians have been murdered across Egypt this year as of July, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe.

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:57
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