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BREAKFAST: EASTER SUNDAY
It's Easter Sunday! So this week we are focusing on Hope. And we're sharing an Easter morning breakfast. Jesus' resurrection is the ultimate sign of victory. And today his resurrection is lived out in the lives of the persecuted church, who face the evil that surrounds them with the knowledge that Christ has the victory.
Prepare your table with these two placemat designs. Placemats for adults/teens include a quiz, real-life story, Bible verse, and discussion question. Children's placemats include a picture to colour in, a real-life story, an easy-to-read version of the Bible verse, and a short prayer.
An Easter Morning Service
This is an outline for a family-friendly service on Easter morning. It's designed for all ages but can easily be adapted for different age groups and styles of worship.
Photos of persecuted believers
Use these passport-sized photos at Easter to help you pray for persecuted believers in Iraq, Syria and around the world.
The Open Doors Prayer Diary comes out every month. The March Prayer Diary includes prayer points for Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, together with a story of answered prayer from North Korea.
We're sharing breakfast today! So maybe you want to do a traditional fry-up. Or a continental style with pastries and fresh fruit. Or maybe both! But here are a few places that might provide useful ideas. Jamie Oliver - five ways of making perfect porridge, , The Ten Best Breakfast recipes , BBC Goodfood Breakfast Recipes , Stress-free full English breakfast
And here, scientifically proven, is the best bacon butty recipe - (Believe it or not, four researchers at Leeds University spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich!), Cooking With the Bible: A Galilean Breakfast Lots of interesting information on the way Jesus might have cooked fish for his disciples.
For more background information, check out the World Watch List section of our website where you can find detailed, country-specific information on the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to live as a Christian.
You can also order your free copy of the Open Doors World Watch Guide 2017, read about the latest global trends in persecution and discover the four responses to persecution. Do you dive and survive, register and submit, flee and live, or stay and die?
Prayer by a Syrian Christian
Thank you, Lord,
For all that you have done and are still doing.
I trust your will is always good and finally you will turn evil to good.
I know you are not silent, but patient...
But how long will it take, Lord?
I am looking forward to a new beginning amongst my people.
My own desire is that evil will stop and that we see your glory shine again in the darkness.
I’m longing for healing, for restoration.
I cry out to you, Lord.
I’m longing for a new generation to take their place in your kingdom,
To be the light and salt of this nation.
Help me to see my role in this transformation.
Protect me and be with me.
Carry me, day by day.