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Praying for the Persecuted

There are members of the Body of Christ who do not have access to His precious word. The very book that many of us display openly could cost a believer in North Korea their life.

As you have learned more about persecuted Christians around the world, you might be asking yourself what you can do to come alongside these believers. Here are some ways to take action:

Pray – This is the number one thing that persecuted Christians ask for. They know prayer can move mountains. Prayer can change the hearts of leaders. Prayer can change the hearts of their persecutors.

Romans 15:30 says “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Unite with the Body of Christ by joining with them in their struggle and praying for them here.

Write – Can you imagine the isolation that some persecuted Christians must feel? In many places, persecuted Christians only know a handful of other believers (if any). Imagine the encouragement a letter from another Christian could bring to an isolated believer!

1 Thessalonians 4:18 says “Therefore comfort one another with these words.” The words you write can bring so much encouragement to an otherwise isolated persecuted Christian. Learn more here.

Donate A Bible – God’s word is our greatest source of encouragement as believers. Yet many persecuted Christians do not have access to their own Bible.   

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” When you provide a persecuted Christian with a Bible, you help them share the light of Christ with those in their communities (including their persecutors).

Travel – A Christian widow in Nigeria was visited by Christians from multiple countries. Upon meeting with them, she said “I didn’t know that other Christians knew about the crisis we Christians are facing in Nigeria.” When you visit persecuted Christians, you bring a whole new level of encouragement, reminding them that the Body of Christ from around the world cares about them.

Matthew 25:35-36 says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Considering visiting persecuted Christians? Learn more here.