Are you taking part in the Open Doors Youth Blackout?
Blackout is 48 hours of fasting from either social media or speaking. You give up something you do regularly to raise money and prayer for the persecuted church. Blackout is a year long event, you can register and run it any time!
Here are some helpful tips to make the most out of your weekend and some helpful resources to pray for, be informed and support the persecuted church:
Blackout is a fundraiser, but it’s so much more than that.
The number one request we get from persecuted Christians is prayer.
“I didn’t realise until I did Blackout that I was checking my Facebook every 20 minutes”, says James the Youth Coordinator at Open Doors Australila. “I replaced that time on social media with prayer for the persecuted and found it changed my prayer life dramatically to a deeper, more personal conversation with God with purpose and conviction. When you go silent, God gets very loud.”
• Check out some helpful tips on what to pray.
• Also download our prayer resources and print them out before Blackout starts.
2. Tell their stories
Blackout is all about standing with Christians who are being silenced for their faith.
Hear their stories so you can remember them, pray for them, and share their story with others.
Listen to these stories. Share them on social media before and after Blackout to let people know who you are supporting and encourage people to sponsor you.
Stories from the persecuted church (watch on YouTube or scroll to the bottom)
• Fatima from Saudi Arabia
• Helen from Eritrea
• Susan from Uganda
• Peter from Eritrea
3. How do I tell people?
We want to make a loud noise by going silent.
This means telling everyone why you’re going silent before you start.
Use social media to promote sponsorship and share stories. After Blackout let people know what you’ve learnt from going silent for 48 hours. To read how it impacted Angelica, read here.
Use the hashtag #opendoorsyouth to join the silent army online.
Take a selfie with tape on your mouth and post it on Facebook or Instagram (take the tape off afterwards!).
4. How do I get sponsored?
Make sure you know where the money is going and how it helps the persecuted church.
Check out this Open Doors history video to understand who we are and what we do.
Ask people at your church, school, family and friends to sponsor you.
Keep track of your sponsors and progress in your log book. (Donations are not tax deductible)
All money raised will support the ministry of Open Doors, supporting persecuted Christians where most needed.
5. How do I return my book/money?
You’ve got 30 days to return your book and money to Open Doors.
If you’re in a group, return it to your group leader to send in together.
• Log book – to be mailed to Open Doors office – PO Box 6237, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
• Money – you can donate funds online (get your group leader or parents to help you out). Payment details are in your log book. Use your name and ‘Blackout’ in the description when you donate funds so we can thank you!
6. Tell us how you go!
Thank you for standing with the persecuted church!
We’d love to hear your stories and what God has shown you through Blackout. Send us an email at email@example.com or inbox us on Facebook.
If you haven’t registered yet and want to join, register here.
We are praying for all you guys out there.
Be encouraged as you turn down the noise of the world and raise volume of the gospel in your lives.
Stories of Christian Persecution
This blog post was written by Open Doors Youth Australia.
Open Doors Youth is a movement responding the the cry of the persecuted church. A voice that tells their story, unashamedly standing up for those who suffer persecution.