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Make a big noise for persecuted Christians by keeping quiet!

No Instagram. No Snapchat. No FaceTime. No gaming. No Spotify. No phone. No internet. 48 hours offline. Complete digital blackout. Could you cope?

Blackout is a sponsored 48 hour digital fast for persecuted Christians. That means a whole weekend without your phone, the internet, social networking or anything involving the web.

Around the world Christians have no voice. Millions are persecuted, threatened, beaten, arrested, tortured and some even killed for their choice to follow Jesus. They are being silenced. By getting sponsored to go quiet online, you’ll raise money for change and use the time you’re not spending on your phone in prayer, making a massive noise before God for your persecuted family.

Sign up below and get a free resource pack in the post (including some fake tattoos) and access to a bunch of quality downloads to help you plan and promote your Blackout!

Why go quiet?

Noeh is 12. He’s from a town in Iraq called Karamles. Like many people that once lived there, his family are Christians. Back in 2014, the so called Islamic State (IS), a violent extremist group, invaded his town. Everyone fled.

Since then, Noeh and his family have lived in a city called Erbil, it’s in a safer part of northern Iraq. They are displaced, and have been receiving all kinds of help from Open Doors partners. But Erbil isn’t home.

Towards the end of 2016, IS retreated and left Karamles. But Noeh and his family can’t go back. IS soldiers set fire to his house. Nearly 450 homes in the town were burned, 100 or so were completely destroyed.

Noeh’s house is still standing. He can walk around the charred remains of his bedroom. He even found some of his old marbles that survived the fire. But for now, for Noeh, and many others from Karamles, the journey home is just beginning.

Noeh’s story is our story. We are family. We won’t be hushed up. We’ll stand up for the silenced. We’ll pray like we’ve never prayed before, spending time shouting, pleading and calling out to our Heavenly Father – the only one who can truly bring hope to the darkness.

So, put down the phone. Log out of Instagram and help us raise a massive noise before God! Could you and your mates pray non-stop for 12, 24 or 48 hours? With no phone to distract you anything is possible! Register and we’ll send you a special pack with a Blackout Mini Guide, stickers, temporary tattoos and sponsor forms in the post (these will be sent from the end of September 2017). Plus you’ll get access to a bunch of prayer downloads too…

Register and get a Blackout pack!

  • Thinking of doing a Blackout - good on you. Fill out the form to let us know you're planning a weekend of digital silence and we'll send you a little printed Blackout Mini Guide, along with a sponsorship form, some stickers and even some temporary tattoos (we'll be sending the packs from the end of September). You'll get a bunch of links to some quality downloadable prayer and promotional resources that you can use too. In signing up, we'll also send you our monthly email and our Cost magazine mailing in the post (about twice a year). You can unsubscribe from these at any time (just email us)!
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Raising money with Blackout

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New Blackout t-shirt

All new quality, ethically sourced Blackout tees! Profits go to rebuilding hope in Iraq and Syria!

Raise £100 and get a free tee!

We live our lives online these days, so ditching the phone and turning off Instagram is a proper challenge. Reckon you can do it for 48 hours? Go on then! Get sponsored to seal away your smartphone and instead make a noise to God in prayer. If you raise more than £100 then we’ll send you free awesome Blackout t-shirt. You can wear it proudly to help make a noise about what you’ve done after your Blackout weekend! Set yourself a target to see if you can raise enough to achieve one of the following things:

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Raising £50 could…

… provide 7 Bibles to give comfort to believers in the Middle East. These could go to those who have fled their homes due to war and terror and lost their own Bibles, or to new believers, helping them learn more about Jesus.

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Raising £150 could…

…provide long-term leadership and discipleship training courses for up to 10 church leaders to strengthen them and enable them to build the church in the Middle East.

Raising £220 could…

…could contribute to a loan or grant to help an internally displaced person set up a business and start earning a living, giving them independence and hope for the future.

How to do a Blackout

Ok, so here’s the rules… It’s pretty simple. Blackout is a fast from the web, social media and your smartphone. It’s about switching off to make a big noise in prayer to God for those silenced for following Jesus. The point is to get rid of the distractions.So…

• No social networking
• No emails, texts, instant messaging
• No web streaming of games, TV or music (that means no Spotify)
• No browsing online

That’s it. Simples. You can make it more extreme and go fully quiet by choosing not to speak, limiting your diet, locking yourself away or you could even give up something else you really love too. But Blackout is essentially a challenge to stay silent online.

At the start of your fast, seal away your smartphone or tablet in a padded envelope and write the date and time you can re-open it on the envelope. Then walk away. Your Blackout has begun.

When

Blackout for 24-48 hours between 10-12 November 2017. The fast starts officially at 7pm on Friday 12th and ends at 7pm on Sunday the 12th. The following Sunday, November 19th, is the International Day of Prayer, so you’ll be laying a foundation of prayer for our persecuted family that millions of people around the world will build on over the week. (Although we’re advertising these dates you can do a Blackout whenever you like!).

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Blackout Prayer Gathering

Blackout Prayer Gathering

Giving up social media doesn’t mean you have to give up hanging out with your mates! Organise a Prayer Gathering to spend time praying together, worshipping Jesus, connecting with your persecuted family and learning more from the Bible.

Check out our Blackout Prayer Guide for a simple gathering outline with talk ideas, videos, suggested songs, prayers and stories. Register above and we’ll email it out to you!

Blackout Prayer Spaces

Blackout Prayer Spaces

If you’re doing Blackout on your own, or even as part of a group, why not set up a prayer space?

Register and download the Blackout Prayer Guide guide for loads of prayer space ideas, including some prayer posters you can stick up and use to inspire and focus your prayers!

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Blackout: Spread the word

Download these Blackout bits for your social media profiles to get the word out about Blackout. Fill out the form above to get more free downloads and resources!

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