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The Christian Post – As part of the world’s largest prayer movement for the persecuted church, church leaders and Christians worldwide joined by the hour Sunday in prayer calls and messages for the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

With over 200 million people suffering for their faith in over 60 countries, hundreds of thousands of churches and individuals are focusing on the persecuted believers in Africa, Islamic regions, North Korea , China , Southeast Asia and other countries this year from Nov. 13-20.

Since 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Greater Calling – a non-profit Christian teleconferencing ministry that hosts global prayer calls – hosted a 12-hour teleconferencing prayer service where people across the globe shared their concerns and gave prayers in a unified global effort. Each hour, Greater Calling focused on certain countries where the persecution of Christians is severe. Church leaders from Africa also participated by praying in their native tongue during the conference calls.

Mission Network News – the mission news service based in Michigan – also promoted the prayer initiative through its third annual radio broadcast Sunday, airing on more than 350 radio stations in five countries. The broadcast, hosted by MNN’s Executive Director Greg Yoder and Producer Ruth Bliss, is featuring a message from Open Doors founder Brother Andrew and prayers from believers from the Middle East, Ukraine , Sudan , and India .

A seven-day Open Doors prayer campaign for North Korea will also be running during IDOP week as the communist country remains as a severe violator of religious freedom. The recently released International Religious Freedom Report re-designated North Korea as a “Country of Particular Concern” with no improvement in the promotion of religious freedom. Ten-minute prayer slots for the campaign are slowly being filled to cover North Korea with prayer 24 hours a day throughout the week.

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