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Exile Night

Our brothers and sisters choose Christ over safety, homes and jobs. For one night, you can share their experience — and be inspired by their choice.

STEP 1 About Exile Night

Exile Night is an opportunity for churches, youth groups and student groups to identify with their persecuted family members in a tangible way, experiencing a small piece of what displaced believers face every day. Participants will eat what they eat, sleep how they sleep and be inspired that faith in Christ is what matters—even when it costs everything.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. Whether inside or outside, the goal of Exile Night is for attendees to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, to be encouraged by their faith in Christ, and to stand with their persecuted family in a practical way.

We have designed Exile Night to be as simple to implement as possible, providing most everything you’ll need for the event (most of which is free).

I will never forget that one time we slept in a tent as Christian exiles in 35 degree weather. Though I can’t feel my hands (or nose, or ears), I stand amazed. Even as I only experienced this for a night, some of my family in the faith live this reality on a daily basis in refugee camps all around the world, because they love Jesus. May we also never forget the worth of Christ and stand with them.

—Rachel, student

STEP 2 Free Downloads

For the Leader

Exile Night Setup, Recommended Schedule, Authentic Food, Parent Letter, Middle Eastern Games, Necessities Sheet, Sample Lesson, Letter Writing Instructions, Session Videos

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  • This document provides instruction for setting up your Exile Night, indoors or outdoors.
  • These documents provide suggested schedules and programs for your entire Exile Night: one for junior and senior high students, and one for college students.
  • This document provides suggestions and instructions for serving food that is similar to what exiles are eating in the Middle East.
  • These cards ensure that participants’ parents understand what Exile Night is about and are prepared to respond to their student’s questions and ask some of their own.
  • This document provides suggested games and instructions that are similar to ones that are played in the Middle East.
  • This document shows what students should and shouldn’t bring to Exile Night. To make it realistic, they are allowed to bring only three items from the list.
  • This download is a guide for the last large-group lesson, which connects what students have learned at Exile Night with their daily lives and personal walk with Christ.
  • This document Includes instructions for writing letters to persecuted believers and for how to mail them.
  • Six videos have been developed specifically for Exile Night from the I Am N video curriculum. The six themes include Sacrifice, Courage, Joy, Forgiveness, Perseverance and Faithfulness. You may choose to share all or only some of these during Exile Night.
    Please note: due to the quality and size of these videos, we have assembled them into a single zip file. As a result, this file could take a long time to load (and may not be downloadable on some mobile devices).
For the Student

Recommended Student Handout, Exile Night Introduction, Digital Challenge Card, Discussion Questions, Sample Stories, Scriptures on Persecution, Exile Infographic, Letters to Write to Persecuted Christians

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Marketing & Promotion

Social Media Images, Digital Exile Night Invitation, Exile Night Bulletin Insert, Printable Poster

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Exile Night was amazing. Barely slept. 39 degrees outside. But definitely the Lord broke my heart for what breaks His heart. I am praying for persecuted Christians!

—Elizabeth, student

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Exile Night was a phenomenal yet
challenging experience for me.

—Tatyana, student

STEP 4 Tell Us About Yourself

We’re so excited that you are interested in hosting an Exile Night. Tell us a bit about yourself and your Exile Night.

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Thank you!

Join us in the Exile Night movement! You can share photos on social media using #exilenight and #iamn. We would love to hear how your Exile Night went and how students were affected. Send us feedback, testimonies and your group’s photos from your Exile Night to exilenight@vom-usa.org.