We invite you to join us on the IDOP in praying, interceding, and informing others about Christians suffering for their witness of Christ.
This year we are honoring the 21 Christians who were martyred in North Africa in February 2015. Offered the opportunity to become Muslim and deny their faith in Jesus, they refused and held onto their Christian faith. They were executed on a beach in the Mediterranean while wearing orange jumpsuits, thus the color orange now symbolizes courage. The 21 represent millions of overcoming persecuted believers around the world. Join us in praying for persecuted believers around the world.
We have some videos below that you can use at your church, small group, or even just share them with anybody about the persecuted believers.
If you would like to receive testimonies of persecuted brothers and sisters, please contact us at email@example.com to receive SOM Newsletters which includes an inspirational prayer poster.
For more ideas on designing an IDOP segment for your November 3rd service, please contact us: 928.634.1419
Another simple idea is to buy orange tape, ribbon or string and create a bracelet, ring or pin it to your clothing.
21 Reasons to Support the Persecuted Church
- Astounding promises! Isaiah 58:10 (read whole chapter for more!) (NKJV)
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
- Important recipient! Matthew 25:44-45 (NKJV)
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”
- Your turn is coming! (Right?) 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
- “They” did! Acts 12:5 (NASB)
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
- Support ‘family’ first! Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
- You live in the body too! Hebrews 13:3 (NKJV)
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
- Impacted prayer life! Acts 4:23-31 (NASB)
When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord… And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
- It’s a privilege! 2 Corinthians 8:3-4 (NIV)
Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
- God gets glory! 2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
- You get prayer! 2 Corinthians 9:14 (NIV)
And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
- You get encouraged! Philippians 1:14 (NASB)
Most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
- We’re connected! 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV)
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
- Overcoming testimonies! Revelation 12:11 (ESV)
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their own lives even unto death.
- Christ commanded us! Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
- We are standing with them in battle! 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
- We share in His glory! Romans 8:18 (ESV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
- We complete what is lacking in the service of others! Philippians 2:29-30 (ESV)
So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
- Your prayers smell good to God! Revelation 8:3-4 (ASV)
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
- A good return on your investment! Luke 6:38 (JUB)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye measure out it shall be measured to you again.
- Remember- We win with Christ! Philippians 1:28 (GNB)
Don’t be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory.
21. A great reward awaits us! Hebrews 10:32-36 (ESV)
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.