Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Plan to join, we link each year on the first two (2) Sundays in November.
To find out more about these calls: http://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/idop-2017-let-us-be-on-their-side/
DATES in 2017:
Sunday Nov. 5 Sunday Nov.12
TIME: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern
Brian F. O’Connell
The background and history of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted (IDOP) is an important one in the life of the global evangelical church.
IDOP’s development had its beginning in the first few years of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) itself. Starting in 1988, WEA put together a strategic plan for a possible WEA commission. John Langlois, of the WEA Executive Committee, helped oversee and manage these efforts. Our overarching goal was to see if WEA could assist the global church in being better engaged in the issues related to believers who are discriminated, harassed, or persecuted for their faith. Thus, prayer would be central to its emerging programs.
The WEA RLC officially launched the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in 1996 and designated the first Sunday in November for the church calendar (subsequently the second Sunday was added). Catalyzed by the WEA North American office, many USA organizations (including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Institute on Religion and Democracy), also began a large promotion, though there were over 100 countries who participated in IDOP that first year.
In 1997, at the WEA Global Assembly in Vancouver, Brother Andrew of Open Doors was the first recipient of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Award, recognizing his lifetime of service to the persecuted. In receiving the award, Brother Andrew stated that “only through mobilizing the church to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith in Christ, will we see a significant shift in the involvement in their plight.”
In this age of perceived increased persecution (in reality, we are always in an age of persecution), should we consider the twenty years of engaging the global church in prayer for those suffering for their faith a failure? On the contrary, the global church is now engaged in international religious liberty issues like never before. Perhaps that is what God intended as His-story continues to written.
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