Persecuted Church

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  • Pray for freedom of conscience in the 110 countries that suppress religious freedoms.
  • Pray for strength and growth of the persecuted church.
  • Pray for physical protection of the 100,000,000 persecuted Christians and missionaries.
  • Pray for encouragement and joy for those who suffer, and for strength to endure.
  • Pray that those who are persecuted will love Christ more than life.
  • Pray that God will give them love for their enemies.
  • Pray for an increased missionary effort to reach nations that persecute Christians

Click here for a list of Bible verses from the New Testament on the topic of persecution.



  • Open Doors USA: - News and other resources to support the persecuted church worldwide, especially the World Watch List.
  • Voice of the Martyrs: - News, prayer requests, videos and other resources to support the persecuted church worldwide.
  • International Christian Concern: - DC-based organization promoting advocacy, awareness and assistance.
  • WorldWatch Monitor: - News stories of persecution from all over the world.
  • 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative: - DC-based organization that deals with issues of persecution and religious freedoms globally.

Books (available through the IBC Bookstore)

  • Faith that Endures: The essential guide to the persecuted church, Ronald Boyd-MacMillan. 2006. Grand Rapids: FH Revell
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, John Foxe (W. Berry, ed.). 1999. Grand Rapids: FH Revell.
  • Persecuted: The global assault on Christians, Marshall, Gilbert, Shea. 2013. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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