Gospel for Asia states: more 14,000 people around the world annually are martyred for their faith.
Gospel for Asia has reported an overwhelming number of 14,000 believed to have lost their lives around the world yearly because of their faith. This number they say includes only reported cases. A few walls and a painted cross were all that remained of this Church, following an outbreak of persecution in the India state of Odisha, when more than 500 Christians were killed, Churches destroyed and more than 4,000 homes burned. Christians across the globe are urged to pray throughout the November; besides the observance of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
Dr K P Yohannan-GFA founder and President aired an informative message relating the reality of the persecuted Church saying, “Jesus promised His Church that there would be persecution and tribulations. Tens of thousands of believers, missionaries and pastors are experiencing the reality of persecution on a daily basis. Yet they recognise the honour it is to suffer for his sake. May the Lord lead us with His burden to intercede for these brothers and sisters.”
“Sometimes, even as we pray for the persecuted, the Holy Spirit reveals to us that we can be part of the answer to our own prayers. Many who heard of the persecution in Odisha and prayed for the victims also sent donations to furnish lost clothing, replace burned Bibles, construct a house of worship for them and rebuild their simple homes,” he said.
“To understand what it means to take up our cross and follow Christ, we must walk in His footsteps. Join Christians around the world in spending time praying and fasting in tears over a map of the world where our fellow believers are suffering for their faith,” he continued.
“Road to Reality,” the GFA-sponsored radio program offers a 2014 calendar, “A Year of Intercession,” at www.roadtoreality.org, with profits going to the persecution fund. Their weekly broadcast airs on more than 800 radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
As a matter of fact, the persecution of Christians takes both physical and mental forms.Earlier this month an elder of a GFA-sponsored Church in Nepal was murdered while praying for the sick. While in September 2013, innocent worshippers at a historic Church in Pakistan jumbled for safety as two suicide bomb blasts left more than 200 dead and 140 injured. In the India state of Odisha in 2008, more than 500 Christians were killed, and some 50,000 were driven into the jungles. More than 4,000 Christian homes were smashed; dozens of Churches were looted or torched. These believers faced these attacks all because they had accepted Christ.
Churches are urged to put emphasis on the Persecuted in the month of November. Individuals, small groups and congregations around the world are urged to make the entire month of November a special time of prayer.