(Voice of the Persecuted) Last Sunday, a special event took place and we want to thank each and every one of you who were a part of it. We could never fully express what a joy it is to hear your voice as we speak and pray together in real time. It was a delight to hear one of the first time callers express excitement about praying with others for the persecuted on the call. We’ve included special letters written by the event moderators which they would like you all to read. But first, if you missed the event, we want to explain what it’s all about and share some of what took place. Annually, Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted team up together to host a Call-in Event in recognition of the IDOP, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The IDOP is scheduled for two Sundays in November. Those in the west normally observe on the first scheduled Sunday. This year, we chose Nov. 3, 2019 as an opportunity for all to join in a 12-hour conference call and pray united with us for the persecuted.
Why we do it…Scripture tells us to pray for one another and our suffering brothers and sisters ask us to pray for them. It’s always their number one request. Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) has partnered with Persecution Watch on many prayer call events for the persecuted church. What is the partnership between Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted? Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern. The prayer focus of the Persecution Watch mission compliments that of Voice of the Persecuted and has become an integral part of the VOP mission. Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, is also the Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted. We are blessed and consider all those who pray on this call, VOP’s Prayer Warrior Team!
Voice of the Persecuted brought a Pakistani brother to share some exciting news with those who joined the prayer call. He and his family fled from an extremely dangerous case of persecution in Pakistan. However, they found themselves caught up in the horrific situation of seeking asylum in Thailand. With a heart of compassion, this young man often risked his own safety to help care for others in the same situation. We had waited until the IDOP Call Event to share this praise report with the Prayer Team who had often prayed on and off the call for him. To protect his identity the Prayer Team knew him as Christian. On Sunday, we were thrilled to reintroduce him using his real name. He would like to continue working with Voice of the Persecuted to advocate and bring a light to the situation of Christians in Pakistan. We feel very blessed to have him as part of The VOP team.
From Nadia Dybik, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch
I had been looking forward to being on the IDOP 12-hour Prayer Conference Call Event which took place this past Sunday. When the leaders of Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted asked if I would be willing to moderate on the call. I excepted with great excitement.
The Bible tells us to “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.” (Hebrews 13:3) I feel morally obligated to pray for my brothers and sisters who are persecuted for accepting Jesus as their Savior. They know their loved ones may shun and cut-off all communication, even attack them, when they decide to become a Christian. They realize the great risk of persecution yet are still willing to suffer. They understand that to follow and share Jesus with others may even cost their lives. The Lord has revealed himself to these dear ones and in their hearts there’s no turning back. Many go through unimaginable sufferings and persecutions simply because they will not deny Jesus. They ask us to pray for their endurance to overcome whatever trial they face. With all they go through, it amazes me that they also pray for us here in America!
Oh, what a privilege it was for me to be on the prayer conference call. To be obedient to God’s calling to serve Him, to know that we were in His presence as I moderated this call of prayer for the persecuted. Each time one of you joined in to pray with me, I rejoiced! It was so beautiful to hear the many Spirit led prayers lifted to the Lord for our persecuted brothers, sisters and their children. For missions and missionaries, leaders, nations and for each other. United, we praised God and Glorified His name!
It’s always encouraging when we hear from persecuted brothers and sisters who are invited to share on the call. We hear their voice; we ask them questions and we pray together with them. They often tell us that they were able to bear their sufferings because they felt our prayers sustaining them. We are so blessed to stand in the gap for our dear brothers and sisters.
What a joy to hear the good news of those whom we have prayed for are finally free. We prayed many times for our brother Raymond from Pakistan, whom we used to call Christian. I was so happy that I cried when I heard his voice again and to learn he was finally free! A Canadian Church chose to sponsor him with his mother and two brothers. They are finally starting a new life and freely able to worship our Father. May the HE be glorified!
Brother Blaine, Founder of Persecution Watch, often recites, ‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ found in James 5:16. We recently learned that he is battling serious health issues and was in the Hospital. One of our many prayers was to have our dear brother back on the call. He not only was able to join but to pray on Sunday’s call. That prayer has been answered! You should have heard the fervent prayer of this faithful servant crying out to Him for the Persecuted Church. It is often through persecution, trials and afflictions that we get even closer to the Lord.
I often think how sad it is for any Believer who hasn’t experienced the Spirit-filled joy and glory of going at the foot of the Cross to pray. I can honestly tell you this, we do not go on the Call and expect our hearts not to be changed! The Lord said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Luke 10:2) You are welcome to join the prayer conference call every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday! Come faithful servant of the Lord.
In Christ love,
From Leigh Murphy, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch
Greetings to all of you,
Great are you, Lord! You give life, you are love and you bring light to the darkness. In the words of Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch and Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted, Brother Blaine shared that “God has given us powerful weapons that are not of this world. We recognize those weapons as the Word of God and Prayer.
Imagine the power of using His Word as we pray. Through the Holy Spirit, we can pray powerful prayers to uphold our persecuted family! And, indeed this is truly what took place on Sunday’s 12-hour prayer call for the persecuted which was sponsored by Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted with its Founder and Advocate, Lois Kanalos. People from all over the world assembled through the phone lines to pray together in one accord for our Brothers and Sisters who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. It was a powerful time of prayer and testimonies of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness!
I am deeply grateful and humbled to have had the chance to monitor a couple of those hours. Thank you to Lois and Blaine for trusting me with such a privilege! May I encourage those of you who came on the call and those of you who continue to stand in the gap for the persecuted to look ahead to the coming new year- 2020 and consider igniting a fire within your church and community to take up the call and pray for the persecuted. Ephesians 5:13-14 reminds us “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”.
Today more than ever there is opportunity to expose the deeds of darkness and shine light on those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake. Wouldn’t it be great if the numbers of prayer warriors increased so greatly in this upcoming year that our next IDOP call would simply overwhelm the phone lines!
To my Brothers and Sisters around the globe who suffer because of their faith in Jesus Christ, may I encourage you. You are not forgotten. We continue to pray for you and stand with you daily. May you take comfort that He who began a good work in you, carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. As you trust in Him and turn your eyes upon Him and look full in His wonderful face, may the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!
To God be the glory!
In His service, Sister Leigh
We would also like to thank the moderators and prayer warriors for their love, compassion and devotion to pray for the Lord’s suffering church. You are such a blessing to more than you know. All for His glory, forever and ever!
We invite you to call in and join the Prayer Team on the Prayer Conference Call.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.
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