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How to pray for persecuted Christians” gives general guidance for prayer regardless of the specific issues involved. A free prayer card bookmark is available to order here.

The latest “Prayer Focus Updates” (produced monthly) can be download from here. These can be printed out in either A4 or A5 format whichever is more suited to your needs. They deal with current situations that require special attention in prayer.

The newest printed Bi-monthly prayer diary is available to order or download here.

 

Suffering Church Sunday

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Every year we also produce a variety of resources for Suffering Church Sunday, to help congregations focus their worship on the persecuted Church. These materials provide background information on issues relating to general Christian persecution. There are testimonies, sermon outlines, PowerPoint presentations, activity suggestions (including drama scripts and material for children), songs and videos.

Links to Suffering Church Sunday material.

 

Campaigns

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These focus on a variety of current big issues, alongside more general awareness-raising campaigns. Some of these have printed and audio visual resources to link in with them - these can be seen in the campaigns themselves.

 

 

 

The Other Nine

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1 in 10 Christians live with persecution. These people are our family. While they are the one in ten,we are the other nine. We live with freedoms they are often denied. This campaign has information sheets on types of persecution, what persecution really means in addition to world maps of persecution.

The Other Nine resources can be found here.

 

 

 

Other Free Resources

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A variety of other free resources are available. These include booklets about the Christian response to Islam,

  • General leaflets describing who we are and what we do.
  • Resources for our campaigns.
  • A prayer card to help people pray for the persecuted church.
  • The most recent Barnabas aid magazine.
  • The latest prayer diary.
  • Booklets about a Christian response to Islam.
  • A Christian guide to making and changing your will.
  • Barnabas Gifts catalogue.
  • Collection boxes and envelopes.

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    • The landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s general election in May sparked alarm for Christians and other minorities in the country. The BJP is the political wing of a Hindu nationalist movement, Hindutva, which is striving to make India a religiously pure nation. It has given support to Hindu extremist groups that attack Christians, and states under the party’s rule have generally experienced a rise in anti-Christian violence. The BJP has introduced “anti-conversion” laws in a number of states, which are used to prevent legitimate Christian evangelism. Prior to the general election, the BJP pledged to introduce national legislation to curb “missionary” activity and end proselytising if elected. Pray that the BJP will rule justly and that the rights and freedoms of all Indian citizens will be upheld. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 19 hours ago

    • Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka facing attacks from Buddhist extremists, who have forced the closure of numerous churches. In an apparently positive move, the government has created a Religious Disputes Unit to address conflicts between different groups and combat attempts to create religious discord. But many Christians and Muslims believe that Buddhist extremists are allowed to operate with impunity and that the new unit will not solve the problems faced by non-Buddhists. A cap on the building of places of worship has also been announced, and this seems to serve the Buddhist lobby, which is opposed to expanding Christian activity. Pray for protection for Christian congregations and that their ministry and mission will not be further impeded. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Cry out to the Lord for Alexis Prem Kumar, a 47-year-old Christian minister from India who was abducted in Afghanistan on 2 June. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but three Taliban militants have been arrested in connection with it. Alexis had worked for an NGO in Afghanistan since 2011, helping returning refugees. He was leaving a school near Herat for Afghan children who have recently returned from Iran or Pakistan when he was seized. Give thanks for Alexis’ willingness to serve the Lord in what remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians, and pray for his safe return. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Sep 2014 00:00

    • The case of an Egyptian Christian man arrested following complaints by Muslim neighbours that he had been using his home as a church without a permit highlights the need of the Christian community for more places of worship. The 55-year-old man from Minya in Upper Egypt, where Christians are particularly vulnerable to persecution, was arrested once before, in 2011, for the same offence. Every church building in Egypt requires a permit, but these are notoriously difficult to obtain. Pray that the authorities will show leniency to the Christian man and that a provision in the new constitution addressing the issue of church buildings will be enacted. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Kidnapping for ransom has been a persistent problem for the Christian community in Egypt amid the political upheaval and instability following the “Arab Spring” revolution of 2011. On 14 June, Wadie Ramses, a well-known surgeon, was seized in El-Arish. The assailants opened fire on his vehicle and took him away wounded. They later demanded a ransom of ten million Egyptian Pounds (£800,000; US$1.4 million) for his release. Two days later, Christian merchant Gemal Shenouda was captured near his home in the same city. It is thought that Islamic militants with links to al-Qaeda, who have been behind escalating violence in the Sinai region, are responsible for the kidnappings. Pray for the safe return of our two Christian brothers and that they and their families will know the Lord’s peace. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Sep 2014 00:00

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