There are many countries in the world today where Christians are martyred for their faith. Believers in Afghanistan are facing death threats; Christians in Uzbekistan, Nigeria and many other countries all around the world face violence, imprisonment and even death. There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. Brother Andrew of Open Doors once said, “Our heroes are not with us simply because they are in prison.”
IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
Tomorrow afternoon from 5pm to 7pm in San Lazzaro we'll have a special prayer meeting at the public library with 8 other evangelical churches to pray for the persecuted church.
Rev. He Xin Yi, pastor of the Chinese Evangelical Church in Bologna will speak about the situation in China and the life of evangelical churches there.
We'll have a video report about an Italian missionary from a church in Bologna who is serving in Senegal, then we'll pray especially for the countries of China, India and Pakistan!