[Statement] World Help Pres. Vernon Brewer on International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 3, 2016


The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is Nov. 6, 2016

FOREST, Va. — Dr. Vernon Brewer, president and founder of the Christian humanitarian organization World Help, releases the following statement as he and World Help observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church:

“On Nov. 6 we will observe a day that has become more and more important to Christians—the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. At no other time in history have Christians been as persecuted as they are now. Some estimate more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the past century than in the previous 19 combined, and persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia seems to be on the rise.

“Now is the time for the global church to come together and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Their blood-written testimonies cut across borders and ethnicities, and remind us of our shared faith in Jesus. Their voices and stories give flesh and bones to the gospel they preach and live and die for. We have much to learn from them.

“We do pray for peace and comfort—for a rekindling of hope in those who have lost everything and those living under the sword of persecution. Yet we also pray for strength and boldness. We pray that these precious men and women might have the strength to remain faithful to the end and the boldness to proclaim the name of Jesus with every breath.

“In America, this day of prayer comes just two days before Election Day, a fact which cannot be ignored. Our next president is going to inherit a world that is as broken as it has ever been. He or she will face the greatest refugee crisis we have seen since World War II, the threat of global terrorism, and sweeping persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians, in nations like Iraq, the place where Christianity was born. Therefore, we also pray this may be a time when we, as a nation, return to our Christian roots—both in policy and practice—and stand for all who are oppressed and in need. May we continue to be a source of hope and a blessing for the world.”

World Help is offering resources for praying for and providing support for persecuted Christians here.



World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. It was founded in 1991 by Vernon Brewer.

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