International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2015
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is being marked on Sunday, 15 November 2015, and the Religious Liberty Commission is urging churches to unite in prayer for those across the world suffering for their faith.
The Evangelical Alliance's general director Steve Clifford has called on Christian leaders from all denominations to adopt IDOP as an annual event in the Church calendar. "We must make sure that the plight of the persecuted Church is heard," he said.
Promote IDOP in your church
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The Evangelical Alliance and the other members of the Religious Liberty Commission have produced a short video to help you to promote IDOP in your church:
About the RLC
Persecution of Christians worldwide has become such a significant issue that Release International, Open Doors, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the Evangelical Alliance have joined together to form the Religious Liberty Commission.
The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) exists to speak up for Christians who are persecuted because of their faith. While it has this specific mandate to speak up for Christians, it strongly believes in the rights of all people, of any faith or none, to have freedom of religion or belief, including the freedom to convert.
The audiences for the RLC are the Church, the state and the media. Where it is possible to speak up to government on behalf of all minorities in a given situation, without losing effectiveness for the Christians, it may do so.
The RLC is a collaboration of several organisations and is born out of relationships held for many years. It does not in any way replace the work of the member organisations, and the members will only speak together as the RLC on issues of strategic importance for the future of the Church – in particular, if it feels that the topic or issue is not attracting sufficient attention by other means.
While the RLC enables the member organisations to speak as one voice for persecuted Christians, it does not claim to be the only voice – and very much welcomes the fact that others are also doing excellent work in this area.