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

 

The Persecuted Church: Join Us in Prayer

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.
(1 John 3:13, NASB)

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (1 Peter 4: 12-15, NIV)

Dear friends,

Jesus' candid statements prepare us for the reality that as believers, we will face opposition. We should expect to share in Christ's suffering and be persecuted for the sake of His name.

Around the world, over 260 million Christians face persecution because they bear the name of Christ. That’s 1 in 8 Christians worldwide. [i] They share in His sufferings because they live in places where social and cultural pressure to follow other religions is significant, where government restrictions and bias against His followers exists, and where violence against the Christian faith is common.[ii] Christians remain the most persecuted group of people in the world today. In Canada, we enjoy religious liberty, albeit with growing signs of discrimination in some contexts. While advocating for religious freedom globally we are not surprised by discrimination, persecution or even martyrdom; Jesus told us to expect it. 

What is amazing is the incredible growth of the church in spite of oppression, and the willingness and courage of many believers who risk their lives to share the message of hope with their friends, families and neighbours. The kingdom is advancing!

[i] www.opendoorsusa.org.

[ii] https://www.vomcanada.com.

Join us on Sunday, November 1, 2020 for the International Day of Prayer for The Persecuted Church. We invite you to follow us on social media as we share stories, updates and prayer requests concerning our friends and fellow believers who are suffering as Christ suffered.  Visit our website for more information, or search for PAOC Missions on Facebook and Instagram.

Serving the God of All Nations,

David Wells                         Murray Cornelius                                                Jeff K.
General Superintendent      Executive Director for International Missions     RAN Network

Links

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