Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - Joint service & prayer meeting

Tomorrow is the IDOP (International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church) also known in some countries as Suffering Sunday.
Today’s greatest untold story is that more than 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Daily Christians in countries such as Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sudan and Sri Lanka 
face imprisonment, violence and even death.
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.

As churches in Bologna we decided to have a joint Sunday Service and an afternoon prayer meeting.

In the morning John Paul Aranzulla, pastor of Forte Torre Church, will preach from Psalm 129.

In the afternoon we'll have a focused prayer & intercessory meeting where every church will present a country target.
We'll have presentations with specific prayer points for Syria, Iraq, Pakistan & Libya and we'll intercede in small prayer groups.
In our prayer we'll intercede both for our persecuted fellows-Christians and for the salvation of their persecutors!