Resolution Concerning International Day of Prayer

Whereas, many nations are intolerant of Christianity and deny them human rights; and Whereas, according to the U. S. State Department, the governments of over 60 nations around the world condone the persecution of Christians; and Whereas, the people called Methodists have traditionally taken the lead in opposing injustice, prejudices, and violation of human rights; and Whereas, Evangelical Methodists believe in the power of prayer to demolish strongholds and set people free, Therefore, be it resolved, that the Evangelical Methodist congregations observe an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on the 15th of each month. Be it further resolved, that we may grow in our sense of unity with Christians around the globe and become more aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters who suffer because of their Christian faith.

Passed by The General Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church meeting in Arlington, Texas in July 2002.