Do Something / Blackout

Make a big noise for persecuted Christians by keeping quiet!

No Instagram. No Snapchat. No FaceTime. No gaming. No Spotify. No phone. No internet. 48 hours offline. Complete digital blackout. Could you cope?

Blackout 2018 / 26-28 October
Blackout is a sponsored 48 hour digital fast for persecuted Christians. That means a whole weekend without your phone, the internet, social networking or anything involving the web.

Around the world Christians have no voice. Millions are persecuted, threatened, beaten, arrested, tortured and some even killed for their choice to follow Jesus. They are being silenced. By getting sponsored to go quiet online, you’ll raise money for Christians in Syria who have fled horrific persecution and are still homeless, needing food, medicine and shelter. Plus you can use the time you’re not spending on your phone in prayer, making a massive noise before God for your persecuted family.

Scroll down to sign up for the Blackout, and we’ll send you a free little resource pack with a Blackout Mini Guide, phone sticker and access to a whole bunch of downloads too. (We’ll send out packs at the end of September, but you can pre-order one today!)

Why go quiet? Baseem’s story…

Earlier this year, a 27-year-old Egyptian Christian called Bassem was killed because he had a tattoo of a cross on his wrist. He was walking home from work when he was stopped by two armed men. They’d spotted his tattoo, asked if he was a Christian and then shot him. His murderers then threatened to kill more Christians.

Violence against Christians has been increasing in Egypt, but it’s not just about north Africa. In Syria, where money raised from Blackout in 2018 will go, Christians have been forced to flee homes, faced unspeakable violence and seen their communities destroyed. But even in the darkness, the church is still shining.

One Christian in Aleppo, a city devastated by the war, says: “But we live in God. We stayed with our faith. We prayed as a family here. We went to the church. I don’t believe that we should just travel and run out. Of course we thought a lot about leaving… but when I started to pack my bags, I wanted to stay. I love my country. I love my people. I have a mission to stay here and help people.”

So, put down the phone. Log out of Instagram and help us raise money for change and a massive noise in prayer before God! Could you and your mates pray non-stop for 12, 24 or 48 hours? Could you get sponsored and raise enough to help provide relief for Syrian families or help fund a small business loan so someone can start earning a living again in Syria? With no phone to distract you anything is possible! Register and you’ll get access to a bunch of downloadable resources and we’ll also send you our new Mini Guide, stickers and much more…

Register and get a Blackout pack!

  • Thinking of joining the Blackout - nice! Fill out the form to let us know you're planning a weekend of digital silence and we'll send you a Blackout Mini Guide and phone sticker, plus give you access to a load of downloadable resources that you can use too!

    You can also use this form to opt in to receiving our prayer and action emails (sent once a month) and our Cost magazine mailing (sent in the post twice a year).

    We'll send out Blackout resources nearer the weekend, so you should receive them in the post by the end of September.
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    If you are under 13 we can't send you regular communications. You can email us at youth@opendoorsuk.org to request any resources though!

  • Sorry - we can only send resources to UK residents. We can send you digital versions of the resources if you're from outside of the UK. Email youth@opendoorsuk.org for more...
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Raising money with Blackout

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Get a Blackout t-shirt

All new quality, ethically sourced Blackout tees! Profits go to rebuilding hope in Iraq and Syria!

Raising £52 could…

…could provide emergency relief for two families in Syria for a month. This could include food, clothing, medicines, shelter and heating during the freezing winter.

Raising £98 could…

…could provide trauma counselling for two Syrian refugees, to help them deal with the trauma of living through years of war and terror.

Raising £238 could…

…could provide training to help one person open a small business in Syria, providing a sustainable future for a family.

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How to do a Blackout

Ok, so here’s the rules… It’s pretty simple. Blackout is a fast from the web, social media and your smartphone. It’s about switching off to make a big noise in prayer to God for those silenced for following Jesus. The point is to get rid of the distractions.So…

• No social networking
• No emails, texts, instant messaging
• No web streaming of games, TV or music (that means no Spotify)
• No browsing online

That’s it. Simples. You can make it more extreme and go fully quiet by choosing not to speak, limiting your diet, locking yourself away or you could even give up something else you really love too. But Blackout is essentially a challenge to stay silent online.

At the start of your fast, seal away your smartphone or tablet in a padded envelope and write the date and time you can re-open it on the envelope. Then walk away. Your Blackout has begun.

When

Blackout for 24-48 hours between 26-28 October 2018. The fast starts officially at 7pm on Friday 12th and ends at 7pm on Sunday the 12th. (Although we’re advertising these dates you can do a Blackout whenever you like and for anything from 12-48 hours too!).

Blackout Prayer Gathering

Blackout Prayer Gathering

Giving up social media doesn’t mean you have to give up hanging out with your mates! Organise a Prayer Gathering to spend time praying together, worshipping Jesus, connecting with your persecuted family and learning more from the Bible.

Check out our Blackout Prayer Guide for a simple gathering outline with talk ideas, videos, suggested songs, prayers and stories. Register above and we’ll email it out to you!

Blackout Prayer Spaces

Blackout Prayer Spaces

If you’re doing Blackout on your own, or even as part of a group, why not set up a prayer space?

Register and download the Blackout Prayer Guide guide for loads of prayer space ideas, including some prayer posters you can stick up and use to inspire and focus your prayers!

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Why I need to Blackout!

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Blackout: Spread the word

Download these Blackout bits for your social media profiles to get the word out about Blackout. Fill out the form above to get more free downloads and resources!

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2018 Social Feed 'Offline 'til Sunday' Image
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