India (MNN) — The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is coming up this Sunday, November 1st. Mission India wants to help believers prepare their hearts with a four-day devotional on Christian persecution in India.
Mission India’s Erik* says IDOP is a good time for Christians in the West to look beyond ourselves.
“I think with everything going on in our world right now — as we all look to our own communities and with elections and things coming up — it’s always good to take a minute and pause to see how others like us are being treated as Christians around the world.
“This devotional is a great time to take a pause from what’s going on in our own backyard and start to look at what’s happening to Christians in India.”
Christians in India only comprise about two percent of the population, and persecution has gotten worse. Last year was the first time India made the top 10 worst countries to be a believer on the World Watch List.
“Over 60 percent of Christians in India experience some sort of direct persecution,” Erik says. “So it happens on a frequent basis, unfortunately, and we really want people to understand the impact that has on Christians in India and how God is moving amidst that level of persecution.”
Along with their devotional, Mission India is also showcasing a new video to help you pray for Christians in India. When you sign up for Mission India’s devotional, you’ll get first access to the video as well.
The devotionals will be sent out via email each day from October 29 to November 1. Sign up here for Mission India’s four-day devotional in anticipation of IDOP!
“This devotional not only would be a time to grow the relationship that one can have with Jesus as you go through it, but also serve as a way to communicate really what Christians in India experience on a daily basis as it relates to persecution for believing and following Jesus Christ.”
Header photo courtesy of Mission India.
*Names changed for security purposes.