What is IDOP?

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IDOP stands for International Day of Prayer: For the Persecuted Church. Every year, Christians around the world set a day aside for prayer of our sisters and brothers who are persecuted for their faith.  

IDOP 2020 video coming in September.


IDOP Canada is coordinated by a group of Christian organizations in Canada that are serving the Persecuted Church worldwide.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Intercede International
International Christian Response
Open Doors Canada
Voice of the Martyrs

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) in 2020?

Sunday, November 1, 2020.

What if our church already has something scheduled on that day?

No problem! Choose another day that is free for your congregation and remember the persecuted church in prayer (though we encourage you remember to pray for the persecuted every Sunday).

We agree that prayer is essential. What more can we do to assist the persecuted church?

The mandate of IDOP Canada is strictly to focus on praying for the persecuted church. Feel free to contact any of the partner ministries that make up IDOP Canada for advice on how you or your church can get more involved in serving the persecuted church.

Are there prayer resources that will help us to pray for the persecuted after IDOP Sunday?

Yes, all of the partner ministries that make up IDOP Canada have prayer resources such as monthly, bimonthly or quarterly newsletters, e-mail prayer alerts, maps, and other helpful tools that you can obtain (many of them free!).

Can I write letters to encourage those who are persecuted?

Yes, occasionally you can, depending on whether or not it is safe to do so, and whether or not addresses are available. Contact the IDOP Canada partner ministries for guidelines on how to write to persecuted Christians (Note: not all of the partner ministries may have these resources).

Is there still a hard copy IDOP Kit as in previous years?

No. The age of efficient technology has helped IDOP Canada avoid the high cost of hard copy production and mailings. While it still requires the time and skills of some talented and concerned people to create this resource every year—and a cost to advertise, educate and inform—the common use of the Internet has enabled us to reach further with kits that are easy to download, print and distribute.