Some 4,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year – that’s 11 every day. To commemorate them – and to stand with the suffering church – Release International is holding the Day of the Christian Martyr on June 29.
‘Each year, churches around the world remember the deaths of the apostles Peter and Paul on that date. But two millennia later, the killings of Christians continues,’ says Paul Robinson, CEO of Release International, which supports the persecuted Church.
‘So on this day, we encourage Christians in the UK to stand with the suffering church worldwide – to honour them and let their lives and stories challenge us in our faith and witness.’
Hanged in Iran
Release is holding a live Facebook event at 7pm (UK time) on June 29. ‘We will be hearing the moving story of an Iranian Christian whose father was hanged for apostasy – converting to Christianity.
‘The story of Rev Hussain Soodmand is told by his daughter. It reminds us afresh of the need to keep praying for all those Christians who have converted to Christ from Islam. In many places they risk paying the ultimate price for following Jesus.’
The Facebook event will include video interviews with a Release partner in Nigeria, where growing numbers of Christians are being killed in attacks by Islamist terrorists and militants.
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SOURCE: Assist News