Prayer is essential to the work of God. By prayer we give Him glory and acknowledge our position of need and complete dependence upon Him, and by it we plead for souls, for the the work of the Gospel throughout the world. Samuel Zwemer the pioneer missionary to Arabia a century ago said, “Shall we stand by and allow these millions to continue under the curse and snare of a false religion, with no knowledge of the saving love and power of Christ? Of course it will cost life. It is not an expedition of ease nor a picnic excursion to which we are called. . . . It is going to cost many a life, and not lives only, but prayers and tears and blood. We do not plead for missions. We simply bring the facts before you and ask for a verdict. “If thou forebear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (Proverbs 24:11-12)”
Please partner with us in prayer, especially for those faithful believers who are serving Christ in difficult places. Here are some resources to help you pray for the Persecuted Church around the world as well as for the ministries at Frontline Missions:
A prayer calendar, which focuses on many countries known for having the worst persecution and the least Gospel light, is now available for download. Use this calendar as a resource for your daily prayer time—and share it with others.
Stay updated on the ministry of Frontline Missions through our quarterly newsletter, “Dispatches,” which is sent out only by mail due to security issues in some of the countries in which we work. If you also want to receive specific prayer requests, you may also sign up to receive monthly prayer requests through our e-mail prayer group called the Haystack Group. To be added to these lists, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Please include your full name and complete mailing address.
From the earliest days of the early Church, missions has always been about teamwork and partnerships.This is why we refer to “Paul and Barnabas” or “Paul and Silas” and read the record of how young churches, such as those in Antioch and Macedonia, seized the initiative to send out and support missions to unreached people.The Scriptures underscore this principle of partnership—that both the giver and the laborer share alike in the work and reward of the Gospel (I Samuel 30:24; Matthew 10:41-42; III John 5-8)
Through the generous financial support of individuals and churches, FMI has funded evangelistic camps and children’s ministries in Ukraine, Russia, central Asia, and central and southeast Asia; church planting and church construction ; Bible schools; and the translation and publishing of Gospel literature in Russian, Croatian, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese. Gifts to Frontline Missions helps sustain these and many other ministries and provides opportunities for investing in the lives and ministries of the faithful men and women who are advancing the Gospel in difficult places.
Frontline Missions International is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Contributions to this ministry are tax-deductible.
In addition to intercessory prayer, believers can take further action by appealing to our members of Congress and to the U.S. State Department to put pressure on foreign governments to stop persecuting believers and to honor the most basic of human rights: freedom of religion. Furthermore, we can write directly to officials of foreign governments to make such appeals. Just as many Christians contact their U.S. Senators and Congressman about pro-life issues, believers should also be motivated to make phone calls and write letters on behalf of persecuted Christians.
Another step that churches can take to raise awareness of this critical issue is by posting regularly in their bulletins, and on their outdoor signs, “Remember the Persecuted Church.” This not only promotes awareness in the community, it works against our natural tendency to forget persecuted brethren in the midst of our busy lives.
FMI is dedicated to being a voice to defend persecuted believers in other countries, along with our ongoing efforts to take the Gospel into restricted access countries. Many of these persecuted believers are on the frontlines witnessing for Christ in areas that are hostile to the Gospel. They are shining as lights in very dark areas of the world that are dominated by Islam, Hinduism, and totalitarianism. Will you commit yourself to pray and to be a voice on behalf of those who have no voice?
SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING LETTERS TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
• Always show politeness and respect as the Apostle Paul did to Roman officials (see Acts 24:10; 26:1-3). For example, it would be unwise to threaten not to vote for them if they do not act on this issue.
• Be sure to use the appropriate titles towards government officials. (e.g. The Honorable First and Last Name; Dear Mr. Senator/Ambassador)
• Limit the length of your letter to one page.
• Make sure that your letter is clearly readable (typewritten or legible handwriting)
• Be sure to include your return address on the letter, not just the envelope.
• Use all caps or underlining to emphasize the important issue and information.
• Your letter may be only from you, or you can add an additional signature page for the use of other people (Sunday School class, Bible study, or friends).
• Focus on one issue per letter.
• Explain your issue with as many specific details as you can, such as country of concern, what is happening there, full names of prisoners, dates of arrest, and where they are detained.
• Do not mention Frontline Missions International or any other organization in your letter because it is your letter, and officials are more interested in their constituents than organizations.
• Make a specific request for the official to act on: fair trial, release from detention, intervention to stop persecution, contacting a government official in the country of concern, etc. Mention that you are very concerned about the case and that you are watching it carefully.
• Thank the official for looking into the matter, and state that you are looking forward to his reply. Also ask that he send you a copy of any correspondence that he may write to other government officials.
• Be sure to send a letter of thanks to the government official’s response to you.
Finding Addresses of Government Officials
For the U. S. Secretary of State:
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
For U.S. Congressmen and Senators:
• Visit this website.
• Next to “Elected Officials” enter your zip code in the box and click “Go.” You will find information for the President, your two Senators, and your Congressman. Your letter can also be sent to the address of the district office of your Senators and Congressman, which may be found in the blue pages of your telephone directory.
For a foreign country’s embassy in the U.S.: (e.g. Embassy of Sudan)
• Visit this website.
• To obtain the address of a foreign official in his country, call the country’s embassy in the U.S. and request the address from them.