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Free app facilitates prayer for persecuted Christians around the world

A new mobile prayer app developed by Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA gives users the ability to connect with persecuted Christians suffering for their faith. Available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the Open Doors Prayer App was created to help strengthen and support Christian communities facing high levels of persecution with prayer and encouragement.

“Prayer is the most powerful way to support our brothers and sisters worldwide who are suffering for the sake of the gospel,” CEO David Curry said. “Through this app, we are excited to provide a simple and accessible way to pray for urgent requests from our persecuted family living in the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians.”

The app highlights real stories of Christians in countries where persecution is most intense and information ordinarily is limited, including Afghanistan, North Korea, Nigeria and others. Users can watch videos, scroll through prayer requests and click “pray” to let persecuted Christians know fellow believers are supporting them. A “prayer wall” gives users the opportunity to write out their prayer, seeing other prayers in real time. Prayer requests can be shared through social media, email or text with one click.

Those who download the app can also access Open Doors’ highly cited World Watch List, an annual ranking of the 50 countries where it is most difficult and dangerous to be a Christian. Users can explore country profiles to find information, stories and prayer requests for each of the countries listed, along with ways to support persecuted Christians.

More than 360 million Christians live in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. Operating in more than 60 countries, Open Doors supplies Bibles, training for church leaders, emergency relief and support to followers of Jesus facing persecution.

For more than 65 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive regions, empowering, and equipping persecuted Christians by providing Bibles, training, and programs to help those who have been marginalized for their faith.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice