By Tim Kowols
Christian congregations around the world will spend the next two Sundays praying for those persecuted because of their religion. According to IDOP.org, at least 100 million Christians in the world are persecuted for their beliefs, leading to suffering and even death in some countries. Friends Community Church Pastor Nancy Bontempo has commemorated the event the last three with a special liturgy featuring a person who was forced to run from persecution. Bontempo says this year’s speaker, James Sayavong, was a Laotian refugee during the Vietnam War when he ran from his enemies and to the Christian church.
Friends Community Church will hold their International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church service this Sunday at 10 a.m. with lunch to follow. You can find more information about the speaker and the service online with this story.