"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body" - Hebrew 3:3
According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Though the numbers are stunning, they should not be surprising since Jesus warned His disciples that they would “be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and … hated by all nations because of me” (Mt. 24:9). The needs of persecuted Christians are countless, yet their number one request is for prayer. At MBC, we want our congregation to be aware of these Christians, living in much different circumstances than we experience here in the American Church, due to their faith in Christ. Join us the third Sunday of each month immediately following the first service until 11:00 am to pray together AND see below on how you can further learn, pray and act on behalf of the Persecuted Church!
It is hard to pray unless you know the reality of what is going on. As believers we should not be surprised at the cruel and unthinkable ways humans treat each other. Instead of shielding ourselves, we must be aware of these realities in order to pray and act. You can do this by educating yourself on what is happening around the world through some great organizations listed below. Start by learning about the "World Watchlist" of the top 50 most dangerous countries for Christians or by signing up for a free monthly newsletter with testimonies, stories and prayer requests from the persecuted.
- The Voice of the Martyrs: www.persecution.com
- Open Doors: www.opendoorsusa.org and www.persecutionblog.com
- International Christian Concern: www.persecution.org
- WorldWatch Monitor: www.worldwatchmonitor.org
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Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” They need our prayers, not once a year - but consistently and continually.
- Join others at MBC for Monthly Prayer: 3rd Sunday of each Month, immediately following the end of the first service until 11 am, West Wing Offices (3rd floor)
- Sign up HERE for our monthly newsletter, to receive weekly prayer points of specific countries and people to pray over
In Psalm 82:3, it says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.” There are many ways you can get involved and "stand up" for those who are being treated unfairly. Whether it's sending Bibles to places where there are none, writing letters of encouragement to those in prison, or educating others around you, the tangible ways to make a difference are endless! Here are just a few to get you started...