Momentum builds across the globe for Barnabas Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

October 25, 2012 by  
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“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.” – Psalm 34:15

United Kingdom, October 24, 2012: A week today, 2,000 churches in India will ring their bells to herald Barnabas Fund’s Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church. This was the initiative of one of our partners in the country following our invitation to join us and other Christians throughout the world in prayer for our suffering brothers and sisters on 1 November.

He said:

Declaring All Saints Day as International Day of Prayer is from the Lord. I am working with [others] to mobilise 2,000 or more churches to ring the church bells at 6am or a convenient time to get all their prayer warriors into the church and pray for Barnabas Fund and also for all suffering Church of Jesus Christ globally for one hour or more.

Church bells will be rung in India to call Christians to pray

Church bells will be rung in India to call Christians to pray

This enthusiastic and creative response was just one of the many we have received from our partners in places where Christians are under pressure around the world. It has been greatly encouraging and humbling to hear about the plans that are being made as this inaugural event gathers momentum.

Items from the Barnabas prayer guide will be broadcast over the radio in Uganda between 2 and 4pm, while in neighbouring Kenya, Christians will be visiting hospital patients to pray with and encourage them.

In Guyana, Christians from 13 churches are getting together for two three-hour prayer sessions, one in the morning, one in the evening, and individual congregations are meeting in their localities.

Churches in Turkey have extended the Day of Prayer into a fortnight of prayer and fasting with one or two congregations taking a day each.

Christians in 30 countries are participating on 1 November, and special events are being held on five continents. One of our partners in Mali said:

It is with pleasure that we engage in this spiritual battle with the brothers and sisters around the world. Prayer is probably our most powerful and formidable weapon against the enemy.

Christians across Africa are taking part in the Day of Prayer

Christians across Africa are taking part in the Day of Prayer

Many of our partners have expressed their gratitude that Christians around the world will be standing with them in prayer on 1 November. It is a great encouragement to those who are suffering for their faith in Christ to know that they are not alone, and a shared event like the Day of Prayer is a reminder to us all that Christians truly are part of a global family.

This is a critical time for the Body of Christ, with many of its parts suffering grievously throughout the world. In the face of such widespread and relentless persecution, it can be easy to despair and lose heart. We may be tempted to think that the problem is too great and our prayers are too small to make any difference. But “nothing is too hard” for the God who “made the heavens and the earth by [His] great power and outstretched arm” (Jeremiah 32:17).

“Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” – Psalm 55:17

– barnabas team

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