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Prayer for persecuted church scheduled Nov. 12 worldwide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be Sunday, Nov. 12, with more than 100,000 churches in the United States and 300,000 worldwide praying together.

The primary focus of the day of prayer is intercession and citizen action on behalf of persecuted communities of the Christian faith. “We also encourage prayer for the souls of the oppressors, the nations that promote persecution, and those who ignore it,” the Internet site of the day of prayer states.

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church began in 1996 through the efforts of the World Evangelical Fellowship in cooperation with a variety of denominations and faith-based organizations. From a core group of approximately 7,000 churches, it has grown to be the largest prayer day event of its kind in the world. In 1999, more than 100,000 U.S. churches and Christians in more than 130 countries committed themselves to be informed and pray on behalf of the persecuted church.

In 1998, Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Inc., took oversight of organizing efforts in the United States while the World Evangelical Fellowship continues to coordinate the prayer effort internationally. Prayer for the Persecuted Church is an independent nonprofit, non-political organization whose primary agenda is informed and active prayer.

Additional information about how churches can be involved in praying for persecuted churches can be found at the movement’s website, www.persecutedchurch.org.

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