Persecution ministry Voice of the Martyrs Korea challenged Korean Christians today to ring in the New Year by praying for urgent prayer requests from actual persecuted Christians in 26 countries that will be posted on its Facebook site hourly beginning at 6PM on New Year’s Eve.
Voice of the Martyrs Korea representative Hyun Sook Foley says that from 6PM on December 31 to 6PM on January 1, the ministry will post a new prayer request at the top of every hour from a Christian in one of 26 countries where Christianity is either banned or heavily restricted.
“This prayer campaign is unprecedented because we will be praying for specific persecuted Christians by name, using their specific prayer requests, and we will be providing actual photos from these Christians to help us pray,”
says Representative Foley.
“These are not general prayer requests for Christians in hostile and restricted nations. These are specific requests from specific brothers and sisters whose stories we know and have verified. They are partners with us and with our sister Voice of the Martyrs organizations around the world.”
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Representative Foley says that preparations for the 24-hour prayer campaign began in early fall.
“First, we and our Voice of the Martyrs sister missions had to identify persecuted Christians who were willing to share. Then we had to gather their prayer requests and related photos, carefully sanitizing them by changing names and blocking out details that could put them in danger. Then we had to translate the requests into Korean, Chinese, and Russian for each of our Voice of the Martyrs Korea Facebook pages.”
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A partial list of the 26 countries from which Voice of the Martyrs Korea will be sharing prayer requests includes Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Syria, and Cameroon. Representative Foley says that her own recent trip to Cameroon makes the sharing of the prayer requests deeply personal to her.
“Pastor Foley and I visited Cameroon this December to provide trauma counseling and persecution training to church leaders recovering from attacks by Islamic militants,”
says Representative Foley.
“The thing the Cameroon pastors asked us for again and again was for Korean Christians to remember them in our prayers. By doing this 24-hour Facebook New Year’s Campaign, I can begin to fulfill the promise I made to them.”
The campaign will begin at 6PM December 31 on Voice of the Martyrs Korea’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/VOMKorea.kr/, with a new prayer request being posted every hour until 6PM January 1. Voice of the Martyrs Korea will also be running the prayer requests in Chinese and Russian on its associated Facebook pages for those languages. For more information about the campaign, contact Voice of the Martyrs Korea at 02-2065-0703.