Pastor Ugyen’s Story – IDOP 2013

persecution chainsfrom – Asian Pastor Uygen, imprisoned for 3 years. Identities concealed.

Every day throughout South Asia, believers face all kinds of opposition for their faith in Jesus. National missionaries and their families are often the ones who suffer the greatest, sharing the love of Christ with those in need.

Persecution, in some regions, takes the form of imprisonment, separating families for years. This is pastor Ugyen’s story:

‘i commit to pray’ new website launched by Voice of the Martyrs

A place to gather and pray for the persecuted church. Read prayer requests from around the world and post your own prayers specifically for your brothers and sisters who are being persecuted.

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a website of Voice of the Martyrs USA

Launched on Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), invites Christians around the world to commit to pray for those who are persecuted simply for believing in Christ.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “The first request of our persecuted family, when we go and visit them, is that we pray for them.”

This new Web site grew out of the desire to fulfill this request.

“The idea for this site really grew out of activity we already saw on the VOM Facebook page,” Nettleton said. “We often post prayer requests, and we began to see people comment on the post and type in their prayers for those currently being persecuted. And others would be encouraged by that, and add their own prayer in the next comment, and so on.

„At times we could even print out those prayers and show them to the Christians in hostile and restricted nations, and they were incredibly blessed to see very tangibly that Christians around the world hadn’t forgotten them and were lifting them up in prayer. We want to be a site dedicated to that kind of prayer and encouragement.”

Users of the new Web site can post their written prayers and then invite friends to join with them in praying. Having this connection to other believers through social media provides awareness, information, and opportunities to encourage and uphold those who suffer for bearing the name of Christ.

„What we envision for is a great prayer meeting for persecuted Christians. But instead of gathering in a church or someone’s living room, Christians will gather online to pray for the persecuted church,” explain Nettleton.

Pray that this Web site will motivate believers worldwide to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters. (Source

IDOP 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church November 3 and/or November 10, 2013


Sunteti invitati sa participati la Ziua Internationala de Rugaciune 2014 (IDOP) Webcast Interactiv in Direct cu Organizatia Open Doors (Portile Deschise) si invitati speciali David Platt, Nik Ripken, si invitatul musical, Selah! Alaturati-va noua chiar aici pe data de 1 Noiembrie la ora 5 dupa amiaza Pacific Time si 2 Noiembrie la ora 4 dupa amiaza Pacific Time (USA), pentru doua evenimente speciale si gratuite, dedicate rugaciunii si mijlocirii pentru crestinii persecutati de pe intreg pamantul.

Pe data de sambata 1 Noiembrie participati la un special Webcast Interactiv in Direct cu credinciosi din jurul lumii. Apoi duminica, 2 Noiembrie, implica si biserica din care faci parte ca sa va uniti cu alte sute de biserici  pentru un serviciu de duminica pe care nu-l veti uita niciodata. Aceasta este oportunitatea de a trai ce scrie in Matei 18:20 ,,Caci acolo unde sunt doi sau trei adunati in Numele Meu, sunt si Eu in mijlocul lor.” Completati adresa de email si inscrieti-va astazi pentru aceste oportunitati de necrezut.

Pentru a va inscrie, va rugam sa vizitati:


You’re invited to the 2014 International Day of Prayer (IDOP) Live Interactive Webcast with Open Doors and special guests David Platt, Nik Ripken, and musical guest, Selah! Join us right here on November 1st at 5pm PDT and November 2nd at 4pm PST for two special free events dedicated to prayer and intercession for persecuted Christians worldwide.

On Saturday, November 1st participate in a special live interactive webcast with believers from around the world. Then on Sunday, November 2nd, get your church involved and join with hundreds of other churches for a Sunday service you’ll never forget. This is our opportunity to live out Matthew 18:20, „For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Enter your email and sign up today for these unbelievable opportunities.

To sign up, please visit:

VIDEO by Open Doors USA


IDOP 2013

There will be some confusion as to the dates for IDOP 2013. My understanding was it should fall on the second Sunday of every November, making it on November 10 for the year 2013. However, there is flexibility for the congregations who need to hold the prayers on a different Sunday, and some are doing just that. From researching this year’s Prayer dates I have learned that in our sphere there are the nationwide dates the prayers will be lifted to God in unison for the persecuted church:

  • In the United State on November 3
  • In Canada on November 10
  • In the United Kingdom and Ireland on November 3
  • In Australi from November 3 – 10  (these guys did it right)
  • In New Zealand November 10
  • In Switzerland November

i commit to pray

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Present sufferings, future glory

  Romans 8:17, 18

Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if needed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Today, Christians in certain parts of the world face some of the worst persecution in history. How do they handle it? Only God can empower them to do so.

This year’s theme for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is: Present sufferings, future glory based on Romans 8:17, 18:

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

One thing that keeps Christians going when faced with persecution is the knowledge that Christ also suffered more deeply than we can imagine. He can identify with us when we suffer for him. Christ also strengthens us to meet any challenge.

Through the last 2000 years, another motivation for Christians being persecuted has been the knowledge that soon and very soon they would be going to meet their King. They would be in a place where suffering would be replaced by rejoicing with the Lord and fellow believers. As faithful followers of Christ, we share that hope of future glory.

This year let us remember and pray for all those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. Pray for their protection, comfort and perseverance toward their eternal goal of being glorified with Christ.

Please join us on November 10, 2013 and pray for the persecuted. Source

2013 IDOP Video – „How Long?”



CHINA: Criminal or Hero? (10:01)
CHINA: Shockwave 2013 (1:42)
CHINA: World Watch List Report (11:28)
: A Letter from Prison
IRAN: Padina’s Story (7:09)
IRAN: Christians Face Captivity, Persecution (2:04)
IRAN: World Watch List Report (6:14)

Where Christian Persecution is Worst

 World Watch List 2013

Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.  VIDEO by Open Doors USA

General IDOP Videos:

IDOP: Persecuted, not Abandoned (4:12)
IDOP PowerPoint by Open Doors USA (4:33)
IDOP 2011
 (INcontext Mnistries) (5:23)
IDOP 2011 (INcontext Mnistries) (8:50 longer version of the 5 min video)
IDOP 2012 NZ – „One with Them” (2:19)
IDOP 2012 WEA – „Hear Their Cry” (4:39)
IDOP 2012 Gospel for Asia (4:49)

Children of the Persecuted
The Battle is Real (2:17)
Children of the Persecuted (4:42)
Exiled for Their Faith (4:16)
Every 5 Minutes (1:49)
What is Persecution (3:11)
Where Christian Persecution is the Worst (World Watch List 2013) (3:58)
The World is Watching (2:46)

SONG: I Have Decided – IDOP Feature Video (6:01)
SONG: Coming for Me (4:55)

Nigerian church martyrs

This 5-minute IDOP video focuses on Victoria and Rejoice, two teenage girls who live in Gombe, Nigeria. One day as the girls worshiped at the Deeper Life Church, they came under attack from radical Muslims. Both girls lost family members. Believers like Victoria and Rejoice need our prayers. To encourage more prayer for the persecuted, this year VOM is offering our 2013 IDOP video for free. Please share the DVD with your pastor, and ask him to share it with your church on Nov. 3, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please also share it with your family, friends and Sunday school class. We want believers to know what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria so they can join us in prayer for them. Go to to show your commitment to pray for the persecuted church and begin to receive weekly prayer updates when the full site launches on Nov. 3.  VIDEO by VoiceOfTheMartyrsUSA

Country Specific:

: Set free to serve!
Radio is bringing light into spiritual darkness (6:54) EGYPT: Christian girls being snatched by Islamic Traffickers (5:17)
ETHIOPIA: Hand up, Not Hand Out (7:48)
KAZAKHSTAN: New laws oppress Christianity (4:46)
INDONESIA„I call the prison the school of trust” (3:59)
INDONESIA: Abandoned for coming to Jesus (4:15)
IRAQ: We have hope, but we have no future (4:35)
LYBIA: Missionaries Arrested for Spreading the Gospel (6:18)
MEXICO: Exiled for Their Faith (4:16)
NIGERIA: Nigeria’s Persecuted Children (part one) (7:30)
NIGERIA: Nigeria’s Persecuted Children (Part two) (4:24)
NIGERIA: Militants turning country into Christian Killing Field (3:31)
NIGERIA: Christians under siege – yet overcoming (8:48)
NORTH KOREA: Yang’s incredible story of pain and hope! (8:13)
RUSSIA: Degestan’s secret believers fight a spiritual war (4:41)
RUSSIA: Sharing the Gospel in the dangerous Islamic South (5:08)
TANZANIA: Islamic persecutors target Christian Pastors (3:44)

K P Yohannan – Gospel for Asia

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Churches across the nation are joining in their suffering by lifting up the persecuted in unified prayer. Share this video with your friends, family and congregation, let them see how their prayers can strengthen Christians around the world.
Download this video at…  VIDEO by GospelForAsia

Previous IDOP Videos 2008 – 2013

VIDEO Playlist by VoiceOfTheMartyrsUSA (6 Videos, will play in succession, one after the other)


Basic biblical teaching about persecution:


  • Christians are to expect persecution. (John 15:18-21; 17:14; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 John 3:13)
  • God blesses right suffering. (Matthew 5:10-12; Luke 6:22-23)
  • We should not be ashamed or embarrassed about persecution. (1 Peter 4:16; Hebrews 13:12-13)
  • We must follow the example of Christ. (Philippians 2: 1-11; 1 Peter 2:19-25)
  • We must react under persecution as the Lord did. (Matthew 5:38-48; Romans 12:14,17-21; 1 Peter 2:21-23)
  • We are called to stand with those who are persecuted. (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 10:32-38; 13:3)
  • We can have the victory. (John 16:33)

Persecution foretold:

  • Matthew 18:21; 28:34; Mark 10:30; Luke 11:49; John 15:20; 1 Corinthians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3: 12
  • Jesus warns and teaches about persecution:
  • Matthew 10:16-42; Luke 14:25-35; John 15:18-16:4

The apostles and first missionaries are persecuted:

  • Acts 4:1-22 – Christ’s supremacy threatens the supremacy of the totalitarian and theocratic leadership. (v. 2,17)
  • Acts 5:12-41 – Power and attraction of the gospel arouses jealousy. (v17)
  • Acts 6:7-15 – Success of ministry arouses competition.
  • Acts 7:54-8:4 – Stephen becomes the Christian Church’s first martyr; persecution breaks out.
  • Acts 12:1-4 – Herod persecutes apostles for political gain.
  • Acts 12:1-18 – While Peter is in prison, the church prays.
  • Acts 13:49-14:7 – Opposition to the gospel forces missionaries to flee.
  • Acts 16:16-34 – The gospel threatens trade, economic prosperity and the fortune-telling industry (v19); false accusations lead to missionaries being severely beaten.
  • Acts 17:1-15 – Missionary success arouses jealousy; missionaries forced to flee. (v5)
  • Acts 19:23-32 – The gospel threatens trade, economic prosperity and the idol industry; idol-makers incite riot that goes out of control.
  • Acts 21:27-36 – Enemies of the gospel incite hatred and violence; Paul beaten and arrested.

Prepare for persecution:

  • Understand it to be normal. (1 Peter 4:12; Philippians 1:29)
  • Know the teaching of the Word of God. (Philemon 3:10; Romans 6:3-5; John 8:31-32)
  • Abide in Christ. (John 15:4)
  • Submit daily to the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18; 4:30)
  • Rest in the will of God. (Ephesians 5:17; Hebrews 4:1,9-11)

Conduct under persecution:

  • Matthew 5:44; 10:22; Acts 5:41: Romans 12:14; Philippians 1:28; Hebrews 10:34; 1 Peter 3:13-19

Results of persecution:

  • Matthew 5:10; Luke 6:22; 9:24; James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:14; Revelation 6:9; 7:13

Rewards for suffering persecution:

  • Glory in heaven. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18; 1 Peter 5:1,10,11)
  • Eternal consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:7; Romans 8:17)
  • Christ is made known. (2 Corinthians 4:11)
  • Life is being given to others. (2 Corinthians 4:12)
  • Grace of God is being made manifest. (2 Corinthians 4:15)
  • A guarantee that God will judge righteously. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
  • Will reign with him. (2 Timothy 2:12a)
  • Spirit of glory rests upon. (1 Peter 4:14)
  • Glory is brought to God. (1 Peter 4:16)
  • Reason for joy. (1 Peter 4:13-14)

Place and power of prayer:

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 – Prayer is desired and required for persecuted believers.
  • Romans 15:30-33 – Our prayers help struggling believers.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 – God works as we pray.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Ephesians 6:10-18 – Spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons.
  • James 5:16b-18 – The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

Some possible forms that persecution may take:

  • By slander (evil report). (Psalm 31:13; Job 19:18; 55:12-14; Luke 6:22)
  • Shame. Open embarrassment, dishonor or disgrace. Manner in which our Lord was accused of being conceived (born out-of-wedlock); also, manner in which His nakedness was openly displayed on the cross. (Hebrews 13:13; 11:26)
  • Falsely accused. (Psalm 35:11; 27:12; Matthew 5:11; Luke 23:2,5,10; Mark 14:55-60; Acts 6:13; 16:19-23; 26:2,7)
  • Ensnare through deceit, trapping, tricks. (Daniel 6:4-5; Luke 11:54; Matthew 10:16-18)
  • Object of conspiracy. (2 Samuel 15:12; Genesis 37:18; 2 Corinthians 11:32; Acts 9:23)
  • Mocked, scorned, scoffed and sneered at. (Psalm 42:3, Job 12:4; Matthew 27:29,31,41; Acts 2:13; 17:18,32; Hebrews 11:36)
  • Betrayed, treated treacherously. (Matthew 24:10; Luke 21:16; Psalm 41:9)
  • Despised, to have contempt for, to loathe, to think nothing of, to consider without honour. (1 Corinthians 1:28; 4:10c)
  • Hated by family. (Matthew 10:21, 34-36; Micah 7:6; Luke 21:16)
  • Hated by men. (Luke 21:17; Matthew 10:22; Job 19:19)
  • Defamation of character, libel, slander, evil report. (Psalm 31:13; Job 19:19; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Corinthians 4:13)
  • Feared by own people. (Acts 9:26)
  • Subject to special trials. (1 Corinthians 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28)
  • Imprisoned. (Luke 21:12; Acts 4:3; 5:18; 12:4; 16:24; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:23c; Hebrews 11:36b)
  • Beaten. (Acts 5:40; 16:23; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:24; Matthew 10:17)
  • Contradicting. (Acts 13:45)
  • Stir against. (Acts 6:12; 13:50; 14:2,19; 19:23,25-26,29; 21:27)
  • Charges pressed. (Acts 18:12; Matthew 10:17-18)
  • Threatened. (Acts 4:18,21; 5:40)
  • Stoned. (Acts 7:58-59; 14:19; 2 Corinthians 11:25; Hebrews 11:37)
  • Afflictions. (2 Timothy 3; 11; Psalm 34:19)
  • Expulsion. (Acts 13:50; John 16:2a)
  • Exhaustion, extreme fatigue. (2 Corinthians 11:27)
  • Hunger and thirst. (2 Corinthians 11:27; 1 Corinthians 4:11)
  • Spectacle. (1 Corinthians 4:9; Acts 9:16; 20:23; 21:11; Hebrews 10:33a)
  • Suffer physical need. (1 Corinthians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 6:4; Philippians 4:12; Hebrews 11:37)
  • Martyrdom. (Luke 21:16; Acts 7:59; 12:2; John 16:2)
  • Afflictions. (2 Timothy 1:8; 4:5; Matthew 24:9; Psalm 34:19; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 6:4; Hebrews 10:32-33; 11:25,37; Colossians 1:24; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; James 5:10)
  • Poverty. (2 Corinthians 6:10; Philippians 4:12)
  • Loss of property and material goods. (Hebrews 10:34b)

IDOP World Links

Gospel for Asia IDOP 2013 India

VIDEO by VirtualAmazingGrace

May 11, 2013 – A Special Day of Prayer for Syria

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Please pray for Syria.

All churches in Syria will unite in prayer on Saturday 11 May in many places all around the war-torn nation. This is a unique moment of unity of Christians in that country. The Syrian Christians ask their brothers and sisters all around the world to pray with them on that day.

We as MEE field office want to invite all Development bases to contact your contacts to get as much as possible Churches and individual Christians to join in. This is a real request from the persecuted church to join with them in prayer. During the events there will be video recording and pictures will be taken. They will be made available afterwards. (Open Doors)

We have received a letter of the people coordinating this day of prayer:

“As you may know, the Christian church in Syria is experiencing a deep humanitarian crisis that is leading to the rapid loss of hope. In the face of violence and persecution, our brothers and sisters are striving to keep their eyes on the Lord and seeking His face in their country.  Even in pain, suffering, and death, God is using the church to accomplish His plan.

On Saturday May 11th, 2013, Christians from different denominations such as Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant/Evangelical are joining together in prayer and fasting to plead before the Lord for His mercy on Syria and an end to the violence. Due to the dangers of traveling in combat zones, Christians will be limited to local meetings planned all across Syria during this day. These groups will be meeting in homes, meeting arenas and churches, and will be a mix of all denominationsChristians across Syria have asked that you join them in prayer on May 11th

This email is to invite you to help your brothers and sisters in Christ by praying and (if possible) fasting, and by please spreading the word about this unified prayer effort through your local prayer networks and churches. This will be a world-wide meeting of Christians in prayer, and we want all believers to have the chance to join.  

An email will follow with a list of prayer requests directly from the Christians living in Syria. Thank you for standing in the gap on behalf of the Syrian people and reflecting the love of Christ in your acts of worship.”

Almost all denominations in Syria agreed and want to be part of this day. In Damascus part of the churches will meet in an arena, but there will be prayer also in several suburbs of that city.

In Aleppo, the whole Christian community in Aleppo and surroundings are getting together to pray. “This is a huge deal as it has never happened in Syria before. They will have 2 meetings back to back, one hosted by the Catholic church and the other at an Orthodox church.”

The bishops and pastors from these churches have sent emails and letters to all bishops around Syria to inform them and ask them to gather and pray in their areas.

Of course all over the country there will be prayers held at churches and homes. Over twenty churches in Jaramanah (one of the suburbs of Damascus) will pray in their own churches and some will join in the arena.

Many priests and pastors in Syria are telling their denominations word wide to join in prayers too. We know that churches in Germany, France, Norway, India, Sweden, U.S.A, Canada are joining at that day.

The people working on this effort have been on fire to see God’s hand moving. Let’s please keep all of them in prayers.

One of the prayer requests is reconciliation among Christian denominations.

International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the Persecuted November 11, 2012

1 Corinthians 12:26

If one part (of the body of Christ) suffers, every part suffers with it;

if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Hebrews 13:3  

Remember those who are imprisoned,

as if you are imprisoned with them. Call those to mind who are afflicted,

as if you are the people who wear their bodies.

via The Voice of the Martyrs’ Persecution Blog:

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2012

by Stacy L. Harp

Screen shot 2012-09-13 at 4.01.57 PMIt’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but it is.  We’re two months out from observing the 2012 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, which will take place this year on November 11th.

As a way to help you get ready for the event, we have created a special webpage that has details about this years IDOP.

Please visit in order to get your order in early for our IDOP resource kit.  The cost of our kit is only $9 and it includes everything you need to help put on an event in your church, home or school.

also visit Open Doors website – for free resources, including church bulletin inserts and read some amazing stories of the faith and courage of 25 men and women (and their families) who are in the midst of persecution right now across the world-

One With Them

Published on Jul 31, 2012 by 

For those who share our faith but not our freedom.

Nearly 70% of the world’s population live in areas of severe religious restriction. Many of these people are Christians.

One With Them™ is an Open Doors initiative designed to bring awareness to the reality of Christian persecution to the Western Church. Through One With Them we seek to inspire Christians in the United States to stand as ONE with those who share our faith in Christ, but who don’t share our religious freedom.

Learn more here

from The Barnabas Fund

When we read of the suffering which our brothers and sisters in Christ endure for the sake of His Name, our hearts are moved and we long to bring them before the throne of grace. But sometimes it is difficult to know exactly how to pray, especially if we have never experienced such injustice or persecution ourselves. The Bible tells us that the Church will be persecuted. So if the Lord will continue to allow persecution, what exactly should we ask Him for when we pray about these situations? We hope that the ten points below will be helpful suggestions, under the guidance and prompting of the Holy Spirit.

  1. God that He is all-knowing that in Christ He himself experienced shame, pain and agonising death, as well as the glorious resurrection. Thank Him for His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Josh 1:5).
  2. Pray that all governments will work for justice and righteousness. While Jesus says that in this world we will have trouble, (John 16.33) He does not say that it will always be present in every place.
  3. Pray that leaders of liberal democracies will use their influence to find ways to reduce, if not end, persecution in countries where it occurs. Just as Paul appealed to Caesar to seek justice (Acts 25), so Christians can appeal to secular governments.
  4. Pray for the growth of the Church where persecution flourishes, remembering that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
  5. Pray for strength and courage for those undergoing persecution, and for peace that only God can bring. Thank Him that His grace is sufficient for their needs (2 Cor 12:9). Pray that their faith will not fail, but that their suffering will draw them closer to Him and increase their faith.
  6. Pray that the Holy Spirit will enable persecuted Christians to forgive and love their persecutors (Matt 5:44) and that their Christ-like reactions will have an impact on their persecutors.
  7. Pray that the Lord will be at work in the hearts of those who currently persecute our sisters and brothers to bring them to a saving knowledge of Himself, as He did with Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9).
  8. Thank the Lord for the privilege of entering into the sufferings of our sisters and brothers, remembering that “if one part [of the body] suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Cor 12:26).
  9. Pray that Christians who are experiencing persecution will not lose the ability to accept or trust genuine approaches from those who have formerly persecuted them, as when the believers in Jerusalem had to learn to accept the reality of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9). Pray that the Lord will give discernment, and relief from unnecessary fears.
  10. Pray for yourself and for persecuted Christians to be spiritually ready for whatever tomorrow brings, be that persecution, respite from suffering or Christ’s return (Matt 24.42).

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