Nov 4: Int’l Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church
Prayer Support Requested Most by North Korean Christians
On Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. PT, David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, is hosting a webinar to provide the latest persecution updates. He will be joined by South Korean Pastor Min-soo, who will provide firsthand accounts on North Korea. The efforts are part of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 4. Individuals and churches are encouraged to participate and can access free, downloadable resources from the Open Doors website. Resources include:
- Prayer guide
- Sermon outline
- Bulletin insert
- Online prayer wall
Under the totalitarian Kim regime in North Korea, Open Doors USA estimates there are tens of thousands of Christians in camps, restricted villages or otherwise imprisoned, many of whom are suffering under unthinkable conditions. North Korean Christians are in desperate need of prayer, the most requested action in response to persecution.
Open Doors USA is asking Christians to specifically pray for:
- The protection, strength and endurance for North Korea Christians who face persecution from state authorities and their non-Christian families, friends and neighbors;
- North Korean President Kim Jong Un and his regime to come to know the one true God and open his country to the Gospel for healing and restoration;
- God to move in Kim Jong Un to release the estimated 50,000 Christians who are unjustly held in detention centers and prison camps throughout the country;
- The underground church to grow in boldness and be ready for widespread evangelism efforts when the opportunity arises; and
- Kim Jong Un to allow for the creation of new churches where North Koreans can freely worship.
According to Curry, the International Day of Prayer is an important reminder for Christians living in Western countries.
"The situation in North Korea for Christians is dire. We must support them with our prayers because many have said our prayers can be felt and provide strength," said Curry. "We must never forget those who are facing the unimaginable simply because they are Christians."
More information on North Korea can be found here.
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
- Pastor Min-soo, a persecuted pastor who fled North Korea and can speak to the atrocities in his home country (no on-camera interviews; available Nov. 5 – 6)
- Open Doors representatives who can discuss ways Americans can support those who are persecuted in North Korea and around the world.
About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries in support of persecuted Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate on their behalf. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.