International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP)
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) Features New CEO of Open Doors USA –Dr. David Curry
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
In this often dark world, our only hope is in Jesus Christ – “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” The Lord, in His grace, often arranges special times of encouragement for us. I’m excited to share with you that He has graciously arranged such a time for us at St. James on November 3. In fact He has used this time to also encourage us that others are willing to stand with us in our journey. Grace Fellowship Church, just down the street from Mariners Christian School (at Red Hill and McCormick), has opened their doors and their hearts to us, and they are excited to participate in IDOP with us! Hallelujah!
The evening will start in the Grace Fellowship sanctuary at 6 p.m., and there will be light refreshments afterwards. This year, our IDOP features Dr. David Curry, the new CEO of Open Doors USA. Dr. David Curry has always held a special place in his heart for those who are suffering, living in despair or facing challenging circumstances. That passion has led him to training impoverished pastors in South America and serving the homeless in the Tacoma (WA) area. Now Curry has taken his burden for the oppressed to Open Doors USA as president/CEO. He began his new position with Open Doors on Aug. 1, 2013. Open Doors, which will celebrate 60 years of ministry in 2015, is an international ministry which supports and strengthens persecuted Christians in some of the most dangerous countries in the world.
David will share his incredible heart for the persecuted church in the Middle East with us. You will be empowered and inspired to pray for our precious brothers and sisters there as he shares their current plight, which has become much worse since the Arab spring. Your faith will be strengthened as you hear about their incredibly close walk with Jesus and how the Lord is moving through these saints to reach Muslims for Christ. This is something significant that the Lord is allowing you to be part of – building His kingdom through prayer in these exciting times! You will be given an opportunity to partner with Open Doors in reaching out in Jesus’ love to help believers living in poverty through a great literacy and vocational program. Come to bless our brothers and sisters in Christ, and I guarantee you will receive more blessings than you give!