International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Today, at church, we listened to the stories of Christians who live in countries where they aren’t free to love God or to learn about Jesus and tell other people about how he died to take the punishment for all of our sins. They aren’t allowed to tell others about how he came back to life and wants to help us live our lives in a way that changes the world. But, because they love Jesus and they care about the people they know, they tell them anyway. And, many of them are punished and persecuted because of it.

These are just a few of the countries were Christians are persecuted:

Afghanistan

Algeria

Bangladesh

Burma

China

Colombia

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gaza and the West Bank

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Laos

Malaysia

Mexico (Chiapas region)

Morocco

Nepal

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Saudi Arabia

Sri Lanka

Tunisia

Turkey

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

I’m going to find each of these countries on a map and pray for the Christians there. Will you pray with me? Go ahead and find a map. I’ll be here when you get back.

“Dear God, please be with the people in _______________ who love You. Please help them be brave and help others to learn about how much You love them. Please keep them safe, and please help me to tell other people about Your love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you would like to print the list of countries mentioned in today’s post, click here: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church-2012

*For a list of free e-books that can help families learn more about the persecuted Church, visit the downloads page of www.KidsofCourage.com, a ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs.

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