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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – 2018


International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) takes place this year on Sunday November 18, although the organisers are calling on churches, if you can, to dedicate the whole of November to pray for persecuted believers.


To help you promote IDOP in your church, please use the short video One Month, One Church, One Prayer (above) produced by the UK Religious Liberty Commission, of which Release is a member.

This year the IDOP focus for Release is Nigeria and we have produced the following free resources for you to use in your IDOP prayer event:

  • A short PowerPoint presentation on Nigeria (4 slides) which includes a written prayer for Nigeria plus prayer points from our partners working in Nigeria. Download the Presentation here (Works without Powerpoint).
  • A short video interview with our Nigerian partner Mark Lipdo of Stefanos Foundation. Watch a copy of the Mark Lipdo Interview here.


We also have a number of DVDs about other countries. These films are free to supporters and include brief, topical prayer points so are ideal for an IDOP service or prayer meeting. Phone us on 01689 823491, or email us at to request yours today. The free titles are:


Underground (12 min): church leaders Batyr and Anton explain why persecution continues in Central Asia – and how we can pray.


No Fear (6 min): Archbishop Ben Kwashi discusses the current situation in northern and central Nigeria with Release CEO Paul Robinson.


A Long Way From Home (9 min) features the moving testimonies of Eritrean Christians who are now living in refugee camps in Ethiopia.


Standing Firm (12 min) reports on the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in India and how church leaders and their congregations are being targeted by extremists.


Scattered (10 min) tells how Christian refugees from Iran have established a thriving church in Turkey and are reaching out to their community.


Rejected for Christ (7 min) tells the moving stories of three converts in the Buddhist nation of Laos who are remaining strong in their faith, despite opposition.



Don’t forget that from November 20th to 26th Archbishop Ben Kwashi will be visiting the UK on a speakin tour. The confirmed dates and venues are:

CROYDON: November 20th, 7.30pm. West Croydon Baptist Church, CR0 2JH. More information here.

ROMFORD: November 21st, 7.30pm. St Peter’s, Harold Wood, RM3 0QA. More information here.

KETTERING: November 22nd, 7.30pm. St Botolph’s, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SR. More information here.

CHEADLE: November 23rd, 7.30pm. St Mary’s Church, High Street, SK8 1PX. More information here.

NEWTOWNABBEY: November 25th, 9.30am. Glennabbey Church, BT36 5ZZ. More information here.

COLERAINE: November 25th, 6pm. Killowen Parish Church, BT51 3DD. More information here.

BELFAST: November 26th, 8pm. St Anne’s Cathedral, BT1 2HB.  More information here.


Here is an A4 poster showing all of the venues and times which Archbishop Ben will be speaking at.

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