URGENT: Please Help Persecuted Christians FeaturedWritten by Stuart Lachlan Bennett
By Stuart Lachlan Bennett, Special to ASSIST News Service
Charlotte, NC (ANS -- January 22, 2015) -- Dear Subscribers and Friends of ASSIST News Service:
Did you know that ANS has a unique platform to draw world attention to the plight of persecuted Christians? ANS news stories go out to more that 2600 news and media outlets. While the list includes major Christian radio and TV stations, newspapers and magazines, many international news providers such as UPI and Associated Press also depend on ANS’s service.
I want to echo something I wrote in an appeal before Christmas: It seems that countries we often hear mentioned in the news such as Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Nigeria are actually countries where there is persecution. According to Open Doors, “100 million Christians in 60 countries are persecuted for their faith” and on average “322 are killed for their faith each month”.
Can you believe that? There are so many Christians suffering for their faith today that it is hard to comprehend. ANS has a mandate to bring you their stories. Why? The book of the Acts of the Apostles documents the perseverance and persecution of the early church, but the acts of these modern day saints is still being written! This is not fiction; these are stories of real people. These are today’s heroes of the faith. The church needs to know their names so we can pray for these brothers and sisters who are imprisoned. What is their crime? Simply claiming Jesus Christ as their Lord. But perhaps God is also challenging some to do more? You may need to fight for justice and demand freedom for someone imprisoned for their faith. Whatever God calls you to do, please don’t just sit on the sidelines.
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Photo caption: Asia Bibi, the Pakistan Christian mother on death row for her faith