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Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by Jonathan L.
Each year, Muslims around the world participate in a 30-day holy month called Ramadan. Participating in Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars (or core requirements), means abstaining from food during the daylight hours. In addition to the fast, Muslims increase their focus on adhering to Islam’s other pillars, including prayer and charity. Ramadan is always the ninth month on the lunar-based Islamic calendar, and this year, it will begin on July 9 and end on August 7. Ramadan is obviously very important for Muslims, so as people who care about them and their salvation, we should familiarize
Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
The votes are in. Two weekends ago, Hassan Rouhani was elected President of Iran. What this means for Christians in Iran is not yet clear. In a country whose government suppresses Christianity, it might have been expected that believers would express hope for improvement under President Rouhani’s fresh leadership. However, according to an Open Doors field worker, Christians there “seemed rather apathetic about the elections.” The worker went on to explain that “they don’t seem to expect significant changes in Iran’s policies against Christians.” Why the seemingly pessimistic expectations? Although Rouhani spoke of repairing the
Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
In a brief statement released this past Saturday, Open Doors made clear their position on Israeli and Palestinian Christians. In a conflict consisting of bitter sentiments and deadly violence, Open Doors has chosen to be fully supportive of the Church on both sides of the ongoing battle in the Middle East. “Open Doors is not against the Jews, nor are we for or against the Palestinians. We are for the Church in the Middle East, both Messianic congregations and Palestinian churches.” They go on to say that their organization “does not take sides, but rather, we
Posted on June 11th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
Not all persecution is as glaringly evident as that of believers suffering the horrors of North Korean prison camps or Nigerian church bombings. A lot of persecution is indirect, and though less obvious, the difficulty it brings is just as real. It may be helpful to think about indirect persecution as “squeezing,” whereas direct could be considered “smashing.” This is how Open Doors differentiates between the two. But what does it mean for the church to be squeezed? Think pressure. If we relegate persecution to instances of direct violence, we inevitably miss a lot of the areas
Posted on June 4th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
By identifying the countries in which Christians are most persecuted, the World Watch List is designed to be a tool to help believers pray specifically for their persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. The rankings are reassessed every year based on research and questionnaires that identify the severity of persecution in five spheres of life: Private Life, Family Life, Community Life, National Life, and Church Life. The short video below helps explain further. World Watch List Top Ten North Korea Saudi Arabia Afghanistan Iraq Somalia Maldives Mali Iran Yemen Eritrea For the complete top 50, see World Watch List’s website . World
Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Brooke M.
Throughout the month of March, we will be posting daily about Chinese Muslims, the prayer focus for our upcoming Secret Church gathering. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this blog series, you can find them here . “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.” Colossians 1:15 Many Hui do not know that “no one will be
Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
We’re concluding a four-part series in which Pastor David Platt instructs our prayers for the persecuted from the book of Acts. If you missed part 1 – “Why Do We Pray?” , part 2 – “Who Do We Pray To?” , or part 3 – “What Do We Pray For?” , we invite you to check them out. In what was the worst persecution believers had experienced up to that point, Peter and John were thrown into prison for proclaiming Christ. Immediately upon their release, amidst increasing disapproval from outside authorities, the believers prayed the words now found in Acts 4:24-31. Teaching from this passage, Pastor David now answers the question, “What do we expect?” ‘Sovereign Lord, who
Posted on February 18th, 2013 by Brooke M.
News sources reported over the weekend that four foreigners have been arrested in Libya “on suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature.” The four—an Egyptian, South African, South Korean, and Swedish-American—are accused of proselytizing and printing and distributing Christian literature. The maximum penalty is the death penalty. According to Libyan security officials, “Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100% Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.” We are in the middle of a four-part series on “Prayer and Persecution.” Let’s apply the truths we have seen in Acts 4 and allow
Posted on February 14th, 2013 by Brooke M.
In case you missed our announcement in November, we wanted to make sure you know that our prayer time at Secret Church on March 29 will be focused on the Hui people of China. The Hui The Hui (pronounced “way”), made up of at least 13 million people, are the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities. They also comprise the third largest minority group in China. To be Hui is to be Muslim—it is the core of who they are. For the Hui, Islam is more than just a set of religious beliefs—it is
Posted on February 14th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
We’re in the middle of a four part series in which Pastor David Platt instructs our prayers for the persecuted from the book of Acts. If you missed part 1, “Why Do We Pray?” , or part 2, “Who Do We Pray To?” , we invite you to check them out. Then, keep your eyes peeled the final post in the series early next week. In what was the worst persecution believers had experienced up to that point, Peter and John were thrown into prison for proclaiming Christ. Immediately upon their release, amidst increasing disapproval from outside authorities, the believers prayed the words now found in Acts 4:24-31.
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