International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

IDOP LogoSunday, 18th November 2018

For the last three years, Market Drayton Churches Together have organised a united time of prayer on the Saturday of the IDOP weekend. This year we are meeting from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm on Sat 17th November, in St. Mary’s Parish Rooms.

We prayed for Christians in China, Pakistan and Egypt during our time together.

Links to relevant websites and PDF of our notes are below.


Chinese Christian Leaders Sign Joint Statement Affirming Religious Freedom

This statement has now been signed by over 400 Christian leaders. It is a remarkable statement of loyalty to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. PDF print ready version are available in A4 or A5 sizes. Please print them off and share them with your Christian Friends.

Scholar conducts survey of Chinese church persecution
ChinaAid – 12 November 2018

The details of this survey are also available in print ready format – A4 or A5.

Our notes on China contain information about the following reports:

13 Nov: ChinaAid
Catholic churches across China targeted in wake of Vatican-China agreement

26 Oct: Catholic Herald
Cardinal Zen: The Vatican is badly mishandling China situation

9th Nov: ChinaAid
Changsha church harassed repeatedly

8th Nov: ChinaAid
Fujian church experiences multiple raids

6th Nov: ChinaAid
Officials interrupt Guangdong Bible study, close church

26th Oct: ChinaAid
Guangfu Church shut down


For the latest updates about Asia Bibi following her acquittal and release from prison, please see our Asia Bibi Updates page. At the IDOP session we watched and read about events concerning the British Government’s response to Asia Bibi’s need for asylum. These can be found on the updates page.

Our notes on Pakistan contain information about the following reports:

13 Nov: International Chrsitian Concern
Pakistani Christians Fear Backlash Over Asia Bibi Acquittal

13 Nov: Open Doors UK
Lights in the darkness: The courageous faith of the church in Pakistan

13 Nov: The Guardian – Patrick Wintour
Foreign Office ‘allowed Pakistan mob to dictate Asia Bibi asylum case’

Further reading:
The shameful abandonment of Asia Bibi – Melanie Phillips
The UK should offer safe haven to Asia Bibi, and persecuted Christians like her
What’s the point of asylum system if we can’t help a persecuted woman? | Daily Mail Online
Boris Johnson: Britain must help Asia Bibi in fear of lynch mob | Daily Mail Online


Our notes on Egypt contain information about the following reports:

5th Nov: Morning Star News
Islamist Terrorists Ambush, Kill Seven Christians near Monastery in Egypt

2nd Nov: Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Terrorist attack on Coptic Christians

2nd Nov: Open Doors UK
At least seven Christians killed in bus attack in Egypt

8 Jun 2017: Voice of the Martyrs – Canada
Egyptian Christians Killed During Ambush

13th Sept: Voice of the Martyrs – Canada
Mobs Force Church Closures

26th Oct: Morning Star News
Coptic Christians Deprived of Home Worship Hall in Egypt

For more information on our regular prayer sessions for persecuted Christians, please see our P4PC page.