International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Matthew 5: 10-12
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. You can find prayer requests here for many countries where the cost of following Christ is great.

Do you know what persecuted believers request more than anything else, according to a report I heard on a Christian radio station? They ask for fellow believers around the world to pray for them. We’d grown lax in this, so we’ve recently reinstituted Friday as our day to pray for the church around the world. There are some great resources to help you give your children a bigger picture of God’s work worldwide. Here are just a couple of our favorites:

1. Voice of the Martyrs: Kids of Courage
You can request their free Kids of Courage newsletter or purchase Bold Believers books. The Bold Believers books focus on one country or religion such as Bold Believers in Egypt or Bold Believers in Buddhist Lands. These books give you information and activities to use with your children.

2. Windows on the World (by Daphne Spraggett with Jill Johnstone)
This is an update to the older two volume You Can Change the World set which our family uses. These books present country information, brief stories, and prayer requests for people groups and countries in a colorful, child-friendly format.

3. World map quilt
Wal-Mart periodically sells world map fabric. Several years ago I made a quilt from one panel, and as we read about different countries we spread the quilt on the floor, find the location, and then pray. Usually I assign one prayer request for each child to make it easier for them to pray specifically.


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