“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” – Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)
As Christians, when we see or hear of brothers and sisters undergoing persecution for their faith in places around the world, it should cause us to mourn. More than that, though, it should spur us to action. The first step should almost always be to pray – and to help provide specific areas in which to pray we have provided below prayer cards that you can use to guide your prayers for the persecuted church.
Beyond prayer, there are many ways in which to become active in the fight against global Christian persecution. Praise God that in August 2014 the U.S. government approved a law that provides for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities. But that’s just one step, and one of the best ways to help fight Christian persecution is to petition our local, state and federal leaders to use their influence to affect change on the highest levels. Toward that end we have provided a letter for you to download and customize specific to someone of influence.
There are also ways to fight Christian persecution financially. One of the ways in which Christ In Youth has decided to join the fight is by donating proceeds from the sales of its produced documentary “Love Costs Every Thing” to the Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East. The founder of the foundation is Canon Andrew White – one of the only men to actively continue to minister to the Christians in Baghdad. Many churches have already joined CIY in creating fundraisers to collect money to send to FRRME, using the film “Love Costs Every Thing” as a resource both to educate others as to the ongoing crisis as well as to inspire action from others.
Those seeking more information can call 417-208-9210, or email Chris Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.