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Open Doors youth set for Blackout to highlight where God's people are silenced

If young people near you suddenly go quiet around 28 March next year - or even quit social media or gaming for a couple of days - it could be to focus attention on the Persecuted Church ...

International Charity Open Doors are organising a ‘blackout’ where young people across the UK & Ireland will spend  up to 48 hours creatively fasting from social networks, gaming, mobiles and even talking, all to benefit the Persecuted Church.

From Friday to Sunday 28-30 March 2014, Open Doors are asking individuals, youth groups, small groups and churches to join the Blackout to raise awareness and support for persecuted Christians living in some of the most hostile places on earth – including North Korea.

Emma Worrall, Open Doors youth spokesperson, says: “The Church was never meant to be quiet. Yet in places around the world, followers of Jesus are being hushed up, beaten, tortured, abused. They are being silenced. Blackout is an opportunity for us to turn down the volume for a couple of days – to limit our lifestyles – and to stand with the silent heroes in the Persecuted Church. We want to give time to pray and to raise awareness and money for hidden Christians. The hope is that together we can make sure their silence is heard.”

An all new Blackout guide full of bible and prayer resources, plus some powerful story-based videos, is available for individuals and youth groups to use.

Eddie Lyle, Open Doors CEO commented: “Through BLACKOUT we want to strengthen and serve the Church in places where following Jesus comes at a real cost. We also believe that those who take part will be inspired and challenged by the stories of relentless passion for Jesus, and be inspired to join the ranks of give-it-all followers of Jesus.”

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