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  • Blackout: Why lose what you love?

    Persecuted Christians often have to give up everything to follow Jesus: their families, homes, jobs, friends, freedoms and, sometimes, even their lives.

    In rural Vietnam, where Poh lives, Christian converts are secret believers as leaving the traditional village religion is seen as a betrayal to family and community. Those who choose Jesus face discrimination, threats and violence.

    Poh was a teenager when his girlfriend told him about Jesus and he became a Christian.

    When Poh’s dad found out, he gathered his relatives and the chief of the village. They tried to force Poh to stop believing in Jesus. For hours they taunted, mocked and pressured him.

    At one point, someone tried to tie Poh up. “My father picked up a rock to throw at me. Other people were trying to stop my father from killing me,” he recalls.

    But Poh stood firm. The threats and harassment continued – villagers warned Poh that his father would kill him. Still, Poh didn’t bend, saying “No. No, I won’t give up. I have come this far. I don’t want to go back. I will continue to believe in Christ.”

    Poh lost family, home, community and a secure future because of Jesus. Could you lose what you love for up to 48 hours to raise money and prayer for courageous believers like Poh who have lost everything because of their love of Jesus?

  • Could you give?

    Raise some money for Christians who often live in desperate situations. Persecuted Christians are often last in line to receive support and aid, if at all. Consider raising funds for our COVID appeal or take on Blackout, giving up something important to you for the weekend as persecuted Christians often give up everything to follow Jesus.

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  • Secret Church: Online Edition


    Our new Secret Church resource explores some of the ways isolated, hidden and secret Christians do church. We’ve taken ideas and approaches from underground church meetings all around the world, and translated them into a simple session outline for you to use with your youth group or small group.

    The session involves multiple activities and stories, all of which have been designed to work on a video chat service like Zoom or Skype. The session should last around 60 minutes, but each element could be used as a stand-alone activity for a shorter session.

    Included are ideas on how to:

    • Worship with a secret North Korean Christians
    • Read the Bible with Eritrean Christians in prison
    • Pray with persecuted and threatened believers in Pakistan
    • Share and encourage one another like the underground church in China
    • And loads more too…

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    Fill out the form below (mobile) or on the right (desktop) to get instant access to a downloadable guide, video and images from the Secret Church. You can also use the form to opt into receiving our monthly emails and our postal mailings (about three times a year), but no pressure!

  • Secret Church Lockdown Intro

    How can you be church, when you have no building?
    How do you worship, when you have to be silent?
    How can you learn from God’s Word, when you can’t get a Bible?
    How do you pray with others, when religious meetings are banned?

    In the UK, we’ve not been able to meet in church buildings and it’s been illegal to gather in large numbers. But, for millions of Christians across the world, that’s what life is like all the time. In many countries, Christians have never entered a physical church building. They have never experienced the buzz of worshipping with hundreds of others, or even sung to God in anything above a whisper.

    They are the secret church, and wherever they meet – they find Jesus there. And that’s what we can learn from them: that socially distancing and months of lockdown doesn’t mean we are alone, that even though we are separated, we can still be the Church.

    Download our free special online edition Secret Church resource to run a group session via video chat and experience how secret Christians gather to worship, pray, share and learn from God’s Word.

  • IC Week Nine Title

    Week nine: Summary…

    “In Laos there are two seasons: sunny and rainy. Robust trees thrive in both seasons. Our church is the same as a robust tree. It thrives in the sun and it thrives in the rain, and more importantly, it gives shade to others – whether it be from the heat or from the downpour.”
    Pastor Dok – Laos

    Thank you for being one of hundreds of people who has used our Isolated Church reflections and videos. As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, we’re no longer releasing new devotions every week, but we’re still regularly posting up resources, articles, stories and more on the website and on our social feeds, so do keep checking them out.

    We pray that you’ve been challenged to grow with God during the lockdown. We pray that you’ve been moved by the example of persecuted Christians like Pastor Dok and have learnt to thrive in good times and bad.

    Before we go, we’ve created a final summary reflection video and poster you can download below. The poster features some key quotes and lessons from each of the past eight weeks. Download it, print if off and stick it up somewhere to help you remember to keep growing with God, no matter what you face.

    Finally, we’d love your feedback on the Isolated Church series – what did you think? Tell us by filling out the survey below so we can produce even better resources in the future!

  • Week Nine: Summary poster download…

    Download this little poster to help you remember some of the key quotes and lessons that we’ve learnt during this Isolated Church series. Print it off and stick it up on your wall to help you stay inspired and challenged by your persecuted family as the lockdown eases.

    Download the Isolated Church summary…

    Download the ‘Isolated Church – Summary’ video reflection…

    What you can do now…

    While the lockdown restrictions are easing for us – where maybe the sense of fear, anxiety, uncertainty and isolation is lifting – please remember that our persecuted family face these emotions on a daily basis – lockdown or not. As you’ll have read and seen, there are many whose choice to follow Jesus brings all kinds of pressures, lack and loss, and we want to continue to stand with them – and we’d love you to join us. Here’s some simple things you can do to stay connected:

    Finally, don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the Isolated Church series. Give us your feedback here:

  • IC Week Eight Title

    Week eight: Healing…

    While we know that the coronavirus crisis is far from over, there is some relief in seeing the restrictions we’ve been facing are beginning to change. And this session on healing, will be the last in our series of reflections.

    Our reflection looks at two incredible stories of healing from the persecuted church and highlights how God calls us into his plans to heal and restore his world. As countries struggle to contain a disease and as we’ve been forced to be distant from each other, we have an incredible opportunity to step up and bring God’s healing love to a broken, confused and hurting world. We pray you’ll be inspired to do just that as you work through the materials!

    So, dig into this week’s material and let us know what you think!

    Before you jump in, we also know that during this global crisis our church family around the world are in need. The difficulties that we are experiencing are being shared by Christians who are really struggling during this outbreak. In India, many Christians come from poorer communities. Being on lock-down means they can’t work, which means no money for rent or food. And this is where we can stand with them, providing what they need whilst restrictions are still in place. Please check out the coronavirus crisis appeal here, take on a fundraising challenge, share the link and help your church family around the world. Thank you!

  • Week Eight: Reflection download…

    Download this little devotional for prayers, stories, activities and some Bible stuff to help you lean into God despite the fear and doubt that you may be experiencing through this crisis! Reading through, with some time to stop, think and pray, shouldn’t take no longer than 20 minutes max, but take your time, we want this stuff to sink in for you! This reflection works alongside the video, so you can either stream it or download a copy…

    Download the Isolated Church ‘Healing’ reflection…

    Download the ‘Isolated Church – Healing’ Video reflection…

    Short on time? Only got ten minutes?

    If you haven’t got loads of time or aren’t a big reader, don’t panic, you can still use the materials. Try this:

    • Download the reflection watch the video.
    • Reflect on the questions, then jump to the Bible section.
    • Pray the final prayer. You’ll be done in under 10 minutes.

    Simple.

  • We support people who are beaten, tortured,
    imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.