Christianity is the most persecuted religion on the planet with a Christian dying for their faith every six minutes, and churches across the United States have been urged to “remember those in bonds” as the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church” is observed Sunday.
It’s a day “where we hope every church will take some time out to follow the scriptural mandate that says, ‘Remember those in bonds as if you were bound with them,'” says Todd Nettleton at the Voice of the Martyrs USA.
“When our VOM staff travel around the world, we sit down, we meet with Christians facing persecution, we say, ‘We’re going back to America. How can American Christians help you?’ The first thing they ask is, ‘Pray for us. Please pray for us.'”
As Christians will pray in churches, a group of Christians will gather in prayer and public witness in front of the White House for the persecuted church.
“We gather in front of the White House to pray for our brothers and sisters and stand in solidarity with the persecuted church on this special day,” says the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, pastor of Church on the Hill and director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C.
“We can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to violence and persecution directed toward those who choose to follow Christ. No one should face intimidation or harassment because of their faith, beliefs or religious convictions,” the pastor says, adding, “We will also be praying and calling upon the the Trump administration and America to continue to protect Christians and religious freedom around the world.”
Kristopher Keating, director of World Horizons USA and international director of Hillside Missions Organization, says, “As an American, I was born into the privilege of having access to the Gospel and Christian community. Much of the world is not born with that privilege.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar