Ideas and Resources for Practical activities you can do in regards to the Persecuted church.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Question From: Harold Britton <Hbritton@Cproject.Com> If your church did anything about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church? Would you share a brief word about it?...
ANSWER From: Karl Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org> During our Saturday Nite Celebration (a seeker-sensitive service) we showed 15 minutes of the IDOP video, and then split into groups of 8-10 people for a concert of prayer. I directed the prayer topics based on the Lord's Prayer, and then people prayed in groups. At the end of our prayer time, we had a communion time. We also offered material at the end of the evening for people interested in getting more involved. About 25% of the people who attended picked up the information sheets. Many people were blown away by the video. They had no idea what was going on in regards to the persecuted church. In our Sunday morning services (which are quite formal and not very flexible), we had a bulletin insert about the persecuted church, and then prayed during the congregational prayer time. The Saturday Nite Celebration was significantly more effective...
ANSWER From: Hebert Sardy <email@example.com> ...I received a brochure of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church from Intercede (a bi-monthly publication of the Center for Ministry to Muslims). In that brochure they gave information of Internet sites to get extra information, so I downloaded news from the Voice of the Martyrs..., translated part of that material and shared it with 5 churches. In my church that Sunday the [sermon] was about prayer and after that I shared the information and we prayed for our persecuted brothers. The people got the sense of the situation in other countries...
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
Looking for specific actions you can take to help persecuted believers around the world? Contact International Christian Concern at firstname.lastname@example.org or write 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW #941, Washington, DC 20006 USA. From: November 1997 email@example.com (MarkKelly@xc.org)
U.S. OFFICES OF GROUPS FIGHTING RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION from "Their Blood Cries Out" by Paul Marshall. Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates International, 9691 D Main, Fairfax, VA 22031, Contact: Sam Ericson, 703-764-0011/fax 708-764-0077, e-mail: Advonet2@aol.com
Amnesty International, 322 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001, 212-807-8400/fax 212-989-5473
Cardinal Kung Foundation, P.O. Box 8086, Ridgeway Center, Stamford, CT 06905, Contact: Joseph Kung, 203-329-9712/fax: 203-329-8415
Christian Life Commission, SBC, 901 Commerce, Suite 550, Nashville, TN 37203-3696, Contact: Dwayne Hastings and Richard Land, 615-244-2495
Christian Solidarity International, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 607, Washington, D.C. 20036, Contact: Jim Jacobson, 540-636-8907, e-mail: email@example.com
Coalition for the Defense of Human, Rights Under Islamization, 231 East Carroll, Macomb, IL 61455, 309-833-4249
Commission on Security and, Cooperation in Europe, ("Helsinki Commission"), 234 Ford House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-6460, 202-225-1901, e-mail: csce@HR.house.gov
Compass Direct News Service, P.O. Box 27250, Santa Ana, CA 92799, 714-862-0300/fax 714-752-6536, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Rights Watch, 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6104, 212-972-8400/fax 212-972-0905, homepage: www.hrw.org, e-mail: email@example.com
Institute on Religion and Democracy, 1521 16th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036, Contact: Faith McDonnell and Diane Knippers, 202-986-1440/fax: 202-986-3159
International Christian Concern, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, #941, Washington, D.C. 20006, Contact: Steve Snyder, 800-ICC-5441, 301-989-1708/fax: 301-989-1709, homepage: www.persecution.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Justice Mission, 3237 Gunston Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302, Contact: Gary Haugen, 703-379-1980, website: www.ijm.org
Iranian Christians International, P.O. Box 25607, Colorado Springs, CO 80936, Contact: Abraham Ghaffari, 719-596-0010/fax 719-574-1141, website: www.farsinet.com/ici
Jubilee Campaign, 9689-C Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031, Contact: Ann Buwalda, 703-503-0791/fax 703-503-0792, e-mail: email@example.com
Middle East Concern, P.O. Box 295, Macomb, IL 61455, Contact: Father Keith Roderick, 309-833-4249
National Association of Evangelicals, P.O. Box 28, Wheaton, IL 60189, 630-665-0500, website: http://www.nae.net, e-mail: NAE@nae.net
Open Doors with Brother Andrew, P.O. Box 27000, Santa Ana, CA 92799, Contact: Mike Yoder, 714-752-6600, website: http://www.opendoors.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll-Free: 800-788-5574
Parliamentary Human Rights Foundation, 1056 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
The Rutherford Institute, P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482, Contact: John Whitehead, 804-978-3888/fax 804-978-1789, homepage: http://www.rutherford.org, e-mail: email@example.com
The Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005, Contact: Tom White and Steve Cleary, 918-337-8015/fax: 918-337-9287, homepage: http://www.vom.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trinitarian Fathers, c/o Rewv. Stan Deboe, 7669 Clark Road, Hanover, MD 21076, e-mail: sdeboel@AOL.com
World Evangelical Fellowship, Religious Liberty Commission, 2309 139th Street SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012, Contact: John Candelin, 206-742-7923, homepage: http://www.xc.crg/wef/wefintro, e-mail: WEF NA@XC.org
REMEMBER THE PERSECUTED
V.O.M. has started a campaign to keep the suffering church in the thoughts of people everywhere. The red and black signs say simply "remember the PERSECUTED" and have Voice of the Martyrs' web address "www.persecution.com" with a barbed-wire design. 18 X 24 inch sign is $15; 24 X 30 inch sign is $18; 3 X 10 foot banners also available. Bumper stickers are $4 for a pack of ten. Discounts are available for quantities of 10, 50, or 100. Add US$3 for shipping & handling. Voice of the Martyrs, P.O.Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005
THE OVERCOMERS RADIO PROGRAM
Voice of the Martyrs produces a 60-second daily radio program on the persecuted church called "The Overcomers." Contact <VOMUSA@aol.com> to request a free demo tape, and ask your local radio station to consider adding these spots to their regular programming.