Open Doors launches Worldwide Prayer Weekend

By March 4, 2013

USA (ODM) — What would it be like to walk in a prisoner's shoes? Hebrews 13:3 tells us to "remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

Thousands of young people from countries around the world experienced life in a SHOCKWAVE this past weekend. SHOCKWAVE is an international weekend of united prayer for persecuted Christians in countries such as North Korea, Iran, China, Syria and Nigeria.

The theme for SHOCKWAVE 2013 was "Prayer and Unity." Participants in former SHOCKWAVE events included young believers from South Africa, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, India, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United States. This is the 12th annual SHOCKWAVE event sponsored by Open Doors.

According to SHOCKWAVE spokesmen, the event connected young people who are "passionate, committed, and unashamed of Jesus." They ask young people from around the world to be a voice that tells the story of the persecuted church and to be a group of "walking billboards" who unashamedly stand up for those who suffer for following Jesus.

"SHOCKWAVE is an amazing way to have young people from around the world praying for the persecuted church," says Steve Ridgway, Interim President/CEO of Open Doors USA.

Prayer resources are still available on the Open Doors USA Facebook page at There's more at


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