How a Trip to Israel Made This Young Man a Voice for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Peter Burns participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Facebook/Peter Burns)

Peter Burns works hard in Washington, D.C., to advocate for Christians in the Middle East, including those in Israel. But Burns had no idea as a young man that he would one day be an advocate for Christian minorities—until a trip to Israel opened his eyes.

He tells the “Charisma News” podcast that in college, he began to get involved with local politics. He founded the College Republicans chapter at Southern Illinois University and even worked on Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in 2015. While in college, Burns got involved with Passages, an organization that takes Christian students to Israel at a reasonable price and provides lasting leadership lessons.

“That opened up a whole new world and led to a lot of the work I do now,” Burns says.

His first trip to Israel gave him a burden for the Middle East and the Holy Land. He says there are many Christian communities in the Middle East that don’t have a voice, don’t have money, don’t have oil and don’t even have guns to defend themselves from violent extremists.

Through In Defense of Christians, Burns works to be a voice for Christians in the Middle East who often go unnoticed and advocate for their needs to U.S. policymakers.

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SOURCE: Charisma News