This morning we observed the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Opening and closing comments by Pastor Dennis Scroggins (recording above) addressed the questions, What is persecution? and, Why is there persecution? (In discussing the “why” of persecution, Pastor Dennis mentioned the “cosmic conflict,” and referred to a recent interview in World Magazine. Here are part 1 and part 2 of that interview.)
This was accompanied by videos (links below) and commentary by Judy Greear and Kathryn Schroeder, who recently returned from a mission trip to Voice of the Martyrs, along with times of prayer. Our goal was two-fold: to intentionally pray for persecuted believers, and to share information and resources to encourage ongoing prayer. We have many of those resources here. Please pray for the persecuted.
These are the videos we shared this morning, to represent the persecuted body of Christ worldwide:
Salavat, a pastor in Uzbekistan
Boun, a follower of Jesus in Laos