Persecuted Church

Persecuted Church

Sunday, November 3, 2019 is designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We will join thousands of churches across the United States and the world in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Look for information following services on how you can learn about persecution, pray for our suffering brothers and sisters, and engage with love and compassion.

Weekend Prayer Opportunity - Join us in the Prayer Tower (located near elevator on upper level) for a few minutes before or after each service on November 2 and 3. We'll remember our brothers and sisters in places like Burkina Faso, China and India who persevere in the face of great persecution and intercede on their behalf. Families are welcome!

IDOP 2019: One Faith One Family from The Voice of the Martyrs Canada on Vimeo.

The Persecuted Church

This world is in upheaval. Record levels of refugees; unprecedented persecution of Christians; unending war, hatred and terrorism. It is enough to make you close your eyes and ears to the world, as well as your heart. But is this how the Body of Christ should respond?

We at Oak Hills Church choose to open our eyes and attune our ears to the suffering in the world. We choose to learn about persecution, to pray for our brothers and sisters who bravely witness for Jesus in the face of great danger, and to engage in the battle by joining with those who are responding with love and compassion to the hurting in our world.

Prayer for the Indian Church

Persecution is a part of the Christian life in many countries where Oak Hills Church ministers. Some of the greatest persecution happens in India, home to the world’s largest Hindu population, 2nd largest Muslim population, and where fewer than 2% of the people are professing Christians.

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As we join in intercession for the persecuted church, we ask for your prayers for the Christian family of India. Please pray specifically for the faithful church planters and evangelists who are taking the Gospel of Jesus to difficult, unreached areas and peoples. Pray also that many sons and daughters would be adopted into the family of God through their faithful Gospel witness.

Pray specifically for OHC’s partners at Mission India, including the the Adult Literacy Classes, the Year-Long Children's Bible Clubs, and the Church Planter Training that your donations make possible. 

Watching this video will help guide you in praying specifically for India.

Many Ways to Get Involved 

Learn | Visit Open Doors USA or Voice of the Martyrs.

Pray | Sign up for emails with specific prayer requests from around the world at I Commit To Pray – An initiative of Voice of the Martyrs,  a place to gather and pray for the persecuted church.

Pray for OHC Missionaries and Partners working in areas of high persecution: Burkina Faso; China; India – Mission India; as well as

Pioneer Bible Translators – working in many areas of high persecution 

Engage | Connect with Open Doors USA, Voice of the Martyrs, International Justice Mission and other organizations working in areas of high persecution to learn how you can serve as an advocate or partner. 

Other Resources

Christian Extremism: A Life Worth Dying For  | Book portraying God’s extreme love and sacrifice for us through compelling stories and strong challenges.  Ajai Lall and Josh Howard, OHC missionary partners at CICM in central India, make a strong case for living an extreme life and a life you will not regret.

Sing A Little Louder | A short film set in WWII Germany that challenges God’s church to respond and not stay silent to injustices in our world.