Will your church support persecuted Christians who are responding to hate with love?
Every day Christians around the world are facing persecution for following Jesus.
In Nigeria recently 700,000 members of the Church of the Brethren have been displaced by violence and more than 8,000 have been killed.
In China, Azerbaijan, Eritrea and North Korea being a Christian could mean being thrown into prison, tortured for a long time and even death.
In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos and Egypt the lives of church leaders, believers and converts from Islam can often hang in the balance. Their churches can be attacked, Christian materials can be destroyed and they can be forced to live in poverty.
Yet, despite facing such tough challenges and suffering persecuted Christians around the world are fighting back with: love.
How your church can help persecuted Christians
Mobilise your church to help persecuted Christians by using these resources that can enable you to engage with their stories, to pray for them and to give generously.
Download these resources by clicking on each item below:
- Creative worship ideas
- Stories and prayers from persecuted Christians
- Love Kills Hate – a visual presentation
- Sermon notes: Turning our church into a prayer powerhouse
- Church giving form to send your church’s gift to Release
Hold an all-age service outdoors on 29th May 2016
You can hold your service in a local park, on the beach, or a parkland area, giving your church a chance to experience what it feels like for persecuted Christians around the world who meet in the open because their churches have been destroyed or they don’t have a building.
If you already have something planned for 29th May you can use these resources and hold your outdoors service on any other Sunday.
Plan a full service or do a short presentation
Download the resources from this page and decide which ones you would like to use for your service.
For example, you might decide to dedicate 10 minutes of your service to show the presentation and pray together for persecuted Christians. You might want to use one or more of the creative prayer ideas with various church groups and the sermon notes for preparing a special sermon focused on the power of prayer.
Or you might want to host a prayer walk and a picnic in a local parkland area or at the beach.
Encourage your congregation to pray and to give
Encourage your congregation to pray for persecuted Christians using the creative worship ideas, stories and prayers or visual presentation. And, invite those who attend the service or the special event to make a gift to help Release serve more persecuted Christians around the world.
Finally, please make sure that you have downloaded the church giving form – and use this form to send your church’s gift to Release.
Once again thank you very much for deciding to join forces with Release to serve persecuted Christians.