Suffering Church Action Week 2017

 
 

In Romans 1:16, Paul proclaims, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel,” and goes on to explain why. This confidence is echoed when he writes to Timothy, “Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or of me His prisoner” (I Timothy 1:8).

Christians are coming under increasing pressure from ideologies such as Islam, Buddhism, Hindu nationalism and secular humanism. In Suffering Church Action Week (SCAW), we have an opportunity to stand with our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, whatever they are facing and wherever they may be. We can each declare, with Paul and fellow-Christians through the ages and across the world, “I am not ashamed.

On this website, there is a range of resources to help you, your prayer group and your church participate in Suffering Church Action Week. We suggest 29 October – 5 November but, If you prefer, these resources can be used at another time more suitable to your church’s calendar.

Get Involved

DAILY DEVOTIONAL RESOURCE

The I Am Not Ashamed daily devotional resource has been specially designed for SCAW. It includes daily readings and prayers based on the theme for the week, “I Am Not Ashamed”. For each of the eight days you will find a reading, a comment and a suggested prayer. 

Download I Am Not Ashamed devotional booklet PDF

Resources

ORDER YOUR INSPIRATION RESOURCE PACK - AVAILABLE TO ORDER SOON

Getting resources for Suffering Church Action Week couldn’t be easier. Just order our free I Am Not Ashamed Inspiration Resource Pack, and we’ll provide you with everything you need to get started.

The Inspiration Pack includes (one of each):

DVD containing
  • PowerPoint sermon presentation with images to accompany Sermon Outline (p.12 of magazine)
  • words and score for a new full-length musical Perpetua’s Diary by Donald & Eleanor Battley, Rosie Hamilton, Karl Fedde – the moving tale of a young 3rd century Christian woman, martyred for her faith
  • short introductory video about the work of Barnabas Fund
  • digital copies of many of the SCAW resources

Coming Soon!
A copy of Barnabas Aid magazine

An eight-day devotional booklet to help you pray through the week.
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Large (A3) I am not ashamed poster to advertise your Suffering Church Action week events
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A money box that could be used for individuals at home or a small group meeting
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Prayer Guide for Barnabas Fund International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Saturday 4 November
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A sample Gift Aid envelope for donations from UK tax-payers
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Praying for the Persecuted Church 2017 booklet
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New 2017 Prayer bookmark
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Pray

BARNABAS FUND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Saturday 4 November 2017

Barnabas Fund supporters and project partners from across the globe will come together for 24 hours to pray for brothers and sisters who face discrimination and persecution because of their stand for the Gospel.

In this prayer guide are hourly suggestions meant to aid and inspire your prayers. There is more information on the suggested countries to pray for in Barnabas Fund’s Praying for the Persecuted Church 2017 booklet

Can you join with us in praying for our suffering brothers and sisters, asking the Lord to strengthen them and help them to be faithful to Him in the face of persecution?

Getting involved

You can use our resources for your own prayer on the day, or maybe your church could set up a special event.

Wristbands

It’s time to get creative. Print out and decorate your very own “I Am Not Ashamed” wristband with your favourite colours and craft materials. Once it is finished, wear your unique “I Am Not Ashamed” wristband to show your support for Christians who are not allowed to show their faith openly, or who are treated unfairly or even attacked just because they love Jesus.

Making a wristband is a great craft idea for you to do at home or with your Sunday School group or youth group. All you need is a print-out of the wristband outlines; some colouring pencils, pens, crayons or paints; scissors; and; glue or sticky tape. Maybe you have some glitter or other small decorations you could stick on it too.

There are different wristbands to choose from on the page - choose the one you like best; your friends can choose theirs too. Cut it out and put it round your wrist to see if it fits. It needs to be loose enough to slide it on and off, but not too loose or it will keep falling off. If it is too long, cut it shorter. To make a stronger wristband you could try printing the wristband out on card instead of paper, or you could stick your paper wristband to card. Then decorate it on both sides, join the ends together with glue or tape, and put it on.

Download I Am Not Ashamed printable wristbands

Alternatively, you can order ready-made silicone “I Am Not Ashamed” wristbands for you, your friends or your group for free. (Coming Soon!)

Tell us what you think!

Please let us know what you think about this year’s resources: what was useful, what could be improved and if there is anything you would like to see included in the future.

Please send your comments to: info@barnabasfund.org