Online communication and community have become the new normal for us in recent weeks and months. But for secret believers around the world, they are vital for the growth of the church – and the only way to connect safely with other Christians. Register for today’s Standing Strong Live – Prayer Without Borders: Join Eddie Lyle and Henrietta Blyth (President and CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland) from 8.15pm this evening for a special time of prayer. Islèm*, in North Africa (pictured), was brought up in a Muslim family. As far as her father knows, she is still a Muslim. But this 22-year-old student is courageously following Jesus in secret – and she found out about Him online. Without the initial Facebook group that led Islèm to the answers she needed, she might still be waiting for an encounter with Jesus and the life she is receiving from Him. Islèm’s story: “If Jesus were not in my life, I wouldn’t be here today, I would not be alive.” PLEASE PRAY:
For believers to be protected from coronavirus, and for food and resources for those who are no longer able to get an income at this time
For online programmes run by Open Doors partners to reach seekers and disciple secret believers
That isolated believers in North Africa would know God’s love, presence and comfort and that He would keep them firm in their courageous faith.
*Name changed for security reasons
INJUSTICE IN EGYPT The self-proclaimed Islamic State has vowed to wage war against Christians in Egypt, who are often victims of social exclusion and face constant discrimination. In rural areas, Christian women have been targeted for abduction and forced marriage. Believers from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities. Egypt is number 16 on the World Watch List. Through local churches and partners, Open Doors supports the church in Egypt with literacy training, education, advocacy support, medical care and youth, family and women’s ministry. Find out more about what life is like for Christians in Egypt. A prayer for Egypt Heavenly Father, thank You for the faithfulness of believers in Egypt. Help them to remain steadfast, rooted in Your love, and strengthen them to overcome obstacles and difficulties as they live out their faith. Protect women and girls at risk of abduction, and bring those who have been kidnapped home to their families and communities. Amen. With many thanks for your prayers,