The Mission of International Missions is to glorify God by making disciples across cultural boundaries by proclaiming and practising the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

On November 1, 2020, church communities all over the world will pause and pray for Christians who are persecuted and suffering for their faith.

We believe that with our freedom to pray and worship here in Canada; we have a responsibility to be a voice for our brothers and sisters who are being silenced.

This page is filled with resources that will direct you how to pray and act for the persecuted church.

It is our sincere hope that you will help us share and tell the stories of the persecuted church as we come together during the month of November.

We have over #260million reasons to pray #forthesilenced.




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Over 260 million Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith in Jesus.

Each day in the month of November, International Missions invites you to pray for the top 50 nations where persecution of Christians exists.

November 1st, 2020 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Please take some time in your services to acknowledge and pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer and are persecuted every day.

We have over 260 million reasons to pray.

Together we can speak up #forthesilenced.




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Over 260 million Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith in Jesus and are silenced. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ, we want to stand with them and be a voice.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN TAKE A STAND:

Get informed.

Visit our blog where we have facts and articles that tell the stories of the persecuted church.

Get connected.

Follow and like International Missions on Facebook and Instagram. You can find us on any of these platforms by searching PAOCMissions.

Get social.

Share the facts and stories so the persecuted church won't be silenced. Use #forthesilenced and #260million when sharing your prayer for the persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.

Christians numerically suffer more than other faith groups or groups without faith around the world.

We have #260million reasons to act #forthesilenced.

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PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS


Below are the names of the 50 nations we will be praying for daily throughout the month of November.
Top 50 Persecuted Countries 2019
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Articles

 

Persecuted Disciples and a Persecuted Church

Sitting by a window early one morning, I watched the storm rage outside as the cafeteria filled up with fellow workers in God’s kingdom. As these persecuted disciples collected their breakfast and gathered at tables around me, I heard joyful conversation happening in English, French, Arabic and Berber as well as languages I couldn’t recognize at all. In the distance I could see a lighthouse, a beacon of hope in the midst of a storm.

Listening to the chatter and watching the storm outside, I thought of Acts 27-28, the story of Paul’s shipwreck while on his way to prison in Rome. The storm had lasted for days, hope had been lost and the ship carrying Paul was smashed against the rocks on the island of Malta. God spared all aboard. As they sought refuge on that island, Paul was bitten by a snake while carrying firewood yet remained unharmed. Amazed by this and other miracles they witnessed, the local people knew God had visited them and Jesus was glorified.

As I pondered how challenging it is to see Christ’s kingdom established in the hard places, I marveled at the rejoicing of God’s people, knowing what they go through. I considered how unsafe it might be to go outside into that natural storm, yet that is exactly what the disciples around me that morning did every day. They live in the storm. They face down the wind, the rocks and the waves of religious and political animosity, risking very personal loss. But, like that lighthouse in the distance, they stand and keep shining. They are the hope in the darkness and God brings people into his kingdom through them.

The wind is still strong. The waves are still huge. The rocks are seemingly unbreakable. But that morning I listened to disciples of Jesus Christ, His church in that impenetrable region of our world, as they fellowshipped together, giving glory to God and passionately working to see His kingdom come, His will be done, on their part of His earth, as it is in His heaven.

Let us not be afraid of the wind and the waves. Let us join with these disciples and run with them to meet the storm with all our strength and all the resources God has given us to serve His cause. As we do, Christ will build His church.

To read more, click here.

Visit http://forthesilenced.paoc.org/ for news and updates on The Persecuted Church.

Links

Here are some great resources we partner with in our advocacy of prayer for the Persecuted Church around the world.