Christmas is Not Only a Time to Celebrate It’s a Time to Pray for the Persecuted Church Around the World


Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois and Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois hosted a Christmas Prayer Service for the persecuted church around the world. In attendance were people of nine different nationalities. Many who have come as immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries, African countries, the Philippines.

Before the service there was a presentation from Dr. Roy Oksnevad, the director of the Muslim Ministry Program at Wheaton College through the Billy Graham Center. Roy shared with everyone the latest news and circumstances of the persecuted church around the world. He encouraged everyone to pray for strength, courage and boldness of the Christians in these countries.

As everyone prayed, scriptures and hymns were read and sung in Arabic, Farsi and English. A special thank you to Heidi, a refugee from Iran and member of the Salam Christian Fellowship, Rich and Kay Fick from Cyrus Ministries, Wasco, IL (members of Faith Lutheran in Geneva, IL), and Roy Oksnevad of the Muslim Ministry Program at Wheaton College.