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Welcome to Only By Prayer! We're all about helping you find the sacred in the everyday. Together we'll explore healing, health, and wholeness by living a Christ-centered life.

Nov 5, 2016

The simple act of living out their Christian faith is dangerous for so many Christians around the world. Because of extremism, many are part of underground churches that worship in secret. Other have no community support at all and worship on their own.

Let's consider some facts on persecution. According to Open Doors, every month around the world the following occurs:

  • 322 Christians are killed for their faith
  • 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed
  • 772 forms of violence are committed against Christians (this includes beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, and forced marriages)

According to the Pew Research Center, among the world's 25 most populous countries, these five countries have the highest religious restrictions: Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey.

2016 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

This Sunday, November 6, 2016, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please take some time to pray for those who are suffering for their faith. I have listed resources here that will help you to pray in an informed way. These resources also highlight other ways you can help if you desire. For example, through VOM I have purchased Action Packs and filled them with blankets, clothing, etc. for displaced Christians. You'll find numerous opportunities to make a difference. But remember, we need to start with prayer, as that is the most powerful way to affect change.

Resources for the Persecuted Church

There are other organizations as well. These will get your started as you seek to become informed and to help. Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ, and feel free to post your prayers in the comment section.

Pray on!

Jan 28, 2015
At Only By Prayer, we are excited to have artist Erin Leigh with us today for an interview. We are discussing Scripture Art Journaling and will be covering how you can get started and what supplies you need. Don’t worry — this can be a cheap hobby, and very few art supplies are required to get started. […]
Jan 8, 2015
Before you jump headlong into the New Year, it’s always prudent to take an honest look at the past year. What did you do right over the last 365 days? What changes do you need to make? With some soul searching and prayer, God will give you a plan for what lies ahead. Take a few […]
Aug 5, 2014
Welcome to our first podcast in the How To Pray series. Today we discuss the topic of how to go about praying God’s word. Jane VanOsdol and Mary Kane discuss several ideas that will help you to develop the powerful habit of incorporating God’s word into your daily prayers. Whether you’ve tried this before or you’re […]
Aug 19, 2013
Welcome to our first video podcast at Only By Prayer. Please bear with Mary and me as we learn how to do this! In today’s video podcast, we are discussing book reviews of two books we are currently reading: Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes and The Hour That Changes the World by […]
Jun 24, 2013
Thank you for joining us in our Colossians series. Today Mary Kane and I (Jane VanOsdol) will be discussing Colossians 1:13-17. This session finds us exploring how we were each created for God.We also learn that God is involved in every facet of our lives. For such a small book of the Bible, Colossians is […]
Mar 20, 2013
Welcome to podcast #2 in our Walking In Truth series on the book of Colossians. Today Mary and I discuss Colossians 1:9-12. We’ll discover that God wants us to increase our relationship with Him, and that far from being alone, God  is very present with us in all our circumstances of life. We can count […]
Aug 21, 2012
Life can be confusing. The world says one thing, but God’s word says another. Who should we believe? What if our facts don’t seem to agree with what God says we should do? What if our feelings tempt us to go in a way that’s contrary to God’s truth? Who has the final say–our feelings […]
Aug 24, 2011
Mary Kane and Jane VanOsdol are excited for this new podcast series called Walking in Truth, A Study in the book of Colossians. Let’s learn and laugh together as we explore what it means to grow in our faith. In this first session, Preparing for the Journey, we’ll explore Colossians 1:1-8. We’ll start with a […]
Jul 18, 2011
Here are the links to the User Guides and any additional materials for each session of Walking in Truth, A Study in Colossians. Session 1  User Guide ,  Preparing for the Journey; Session 2 User Guide, Walk Worthy of the Lord, Session 3 User Guide, Created for Him Session 4 User Guide, Reconciled with God Session 4 […]
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