Surviving ‘Blackout’- Open Doors Youth

What is Blackout?

Blackout is a fundraiser, but it’s so much more than that.
It’s about standing with Christians who are being silenced for their faith. For 48 hours, we are asking you to turn all off; your phones, computers, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, emails or your voice, so that you can tune in to what God is saying.

For 48 hours we want you to pray, get stuck in God’s Word and learn the stories of the persecuted – so that they might be heard. For 48 hours we want you to go silent so that you might be a voice for the voiceless. You can register here.

We want you to ‘Turn off and Tune in’.

Why should I do it?

We are obeying who God has called us to be. We are called, as Christians, to live as one body united under Christ and as 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” Our family is suffering and it shouldn’t be out of duty or guilt that we take part in Blackout, but it should be out of love that we are willing to sacrifice our comfort for a greater cause; the cause of Christ.

We are in danger of losing the art of communication with God. We have become so consumed by the noise of this world that we no longer tune in to what God is saying to us.

Check out these stats:

  • On average,  you touch your phone 2,617 times a day.
  • 3.9 years of your life is spent staring at your phone screen.
  • 628 hours a year is spent on social media.

YET

  • We only spend 104 hours a year at church (if we make it every Sunday).

“I didn’t realise until I did Blackout that I was checking my Facebook every 20 minutes. 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.”

– Jimmy, the Marketing Manager at Open Doors Australia.

Above all that we are a part of the body of Christ and we will not be silent.

Here’s our tips to survive Blackout:

1. Pray

Blackout is a fundraiser, but it’s so much more than that.
The number one request we get from persecuted Christians is prayer. Spend some time each day to pray. When you feel like talking, or checking the gram, pray.
Check out some helpful tips on what to pray and download and print out some prayer resources.

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, pray, and share their story on social media before and after Blackout to let people know who you are supporting and encourage people to sponsor you. Follow this blog, like us on Facebook and check out these stories on Youtube.

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 #opendoorsyouthau 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. Go silent

Turn off your phone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, emails, Spotify, Snapchat or even your voice for 48 hours! Remember that in the silence, God gets loud!

5. 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 in South East Asia

6. 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!

7. Where is the money going?

The money is going to a youth bible project in South-East Asia that needs $25,000 to run. This is an area that contains six of the top 50 most persecuted nations in the world; so these bibles, devotionals and discipleship resources are greatly needed. This goal sounds like a lot of money, (FYI this would be breaking every Blackout record in history!) so that is why we would love every little bit of help possible.

8. Tell us how you go!

We’d love to hear your stories and what God has shown you through Blackout. Send us an email at youthau@od.org or inbox us on Facebook. If you haven’t registered yet and want to join, register here. If you raise more than $200 you can get a free shirt!

Be encouraged as you turn down the noise of the world and raise volume of the gospel in your lives.

Thank you for supporting the persecuted church, we are so encouraged by people like you!

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