THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
This world is in upheaval. Record levels of refugees; unprecedented persecution of Christians; unending war, hatred, and terrorism. It is enough to make you close your eyes and ears to the world, as well as your heart. But is this how the Body of Christ should respond?
We at Oak Hills Church choose to open our eyes and attune our ears to the suffering in the world. We choose to learn about persecution, to pray for our brothers and sisters who bravely witness for Jesus in the face of great danger, and to engage in the battle by joining with those who are responding with love and compassion to the hurting in our world.
As followers of Christ, we esteem the beliefs and actions of Jesus as guiding values.
One of our values is Persistent Prayer. Jesus aligned his will to God's and fueled his relationship with persistent prayer. We invite you to join us in showing love and compassion as we partner in persistent prayer for our suffering brothers and sisters.
Sunday, November 7, 2021 is designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We will join thousands of churches across the United States and the world in prayer for Christians facing persecution. During our weekend worship services, we'll remember our brothers and sisters in places like Burkina Faso, China, and India who persevere in the face of great persecution and intercede on their behalf.
We invite you to join us and our Mission India partners in a 4-day devotional from Nov. 4 – Nov. 7. This short devotional will give you a better understanding of what persecution of Christians looks like, how you can support our brothers and sisters in Christ, and how God is moving in the midst of intense persecution in India. You can sign up for the devotional at https://missionindia.org/international-day-of-prayer-for-the-persecuted-church/
PRAY FOR THE INDIAN CHURCH
Persecution is a part of the Christian life in many countries where Oak Hills Church ministers. Some of the greatest persecution happens in India, home to the world’s largest Hindu population, 2nd largest Muslim population, and where fewer than 2% of the people are professing Christians.
As we join in intercession for the persecuted church, we ask for your prayers for the Christian family of India. Please pray specifically for the faithful church planters and evangelists who are taking the Gospel of Jesus to difficult, unreached areas and peoples.
Pray also that many sons and daughters would be adopted into the family of God through their faithful Gospel witness.
Pray specifically for OHC’s partners at Mission India, including the Adult Literacy Classes, the Year-Long Children's Bible Clubs, and the Church Planter Training.
Watching this video will help guide you in praying specifically for India.
Learn | Visit Open Doors USA or Voice of the Martyrs.
Pray | Sign up for emails with specific prayer requests from around the world at I Commit To Pray – An initiative of Voice of the Martyrs, a place to gather and pray for the persecuted church.
Pray for OHC Missionaries and Partners working in areas of high persecution: Burkina Faso; China; India – Mission India; as well as
Pioneer Bible Translators – working in many areas of high persecution
Engage | Connect with Open Doors USA, Voice of the Martyrs, International Justice Mission and other organizations working in areas of high persecution to learn how you can serve as an advocate or partner.
Christian Extremism: A Life Worth Dying For | Book portraying God’s extreme love and sacrifice for us through compelling stories and strong challenges. Ajai Lall and Josh Howard, OHC missionary partners at CICM in central India, make a strong case for living an extreme life and a life you will not regret.
Sing A Little Louder | A short film set in WWII Germany that challenges God’s church to respond and not stay silent to injustices in our world.