When is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) this year?
Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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).
What does IDOP Canada suggest when the International IDOP date conflicts with Remembrance Day services on November 11?
IDOP is an international event and is recognized by churches around the world on the first or second Sunday in November. This year, the IDOP team has decided on November 4 as IDOP Sunday. Whenever the second Sunday in November falls on the Canadian Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), out of respect for our veterans the IDOP Canada partners have opted to observe IDOP Sunday one week before the international date. If the IDOP.ca dates chosen still conflict with your own Remembrance Day services, we encourage you to observe IDOP on a different Sunday—or you can combine both into one service, as some Canadian churches have done. Keep in mind, our veterans fought for global human rights and freedoms—not the least of which is religious freedom—the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
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. The only exception (in some cases) may be the use of the video. We suggest that if you are not familiar with how to present a YouTube video in a public forum that you speak to someone in your group or area who is familiar with that. It is a very common Internet platform today and we are sure you will be able to find help close to home.