For more on my Lenten Focus, see my Ash Wednesday post. A quick summary is that I am spending Lent fasting and praying for the Persecuted Church, and I invite you to join me.
In Defense of Christians is calling for a Day of Action for Christians in the Middle East:
As the global Christian community enters into the season of Lent, our thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East enduring unimaginable hardships this winter due to violence and persecution.
Faced with religiously motivated persecution, Christians have been a particular target in Iraq and Syria, where the UN estimates that 13.6 million people have been displaced by recent conflicts. Hundreds of thousands are being forced to abandon their native homes, while Christian churches, schools, and monasteries continue to be closed, occupied and destroyed. Meanwhile, the targeted abduction of Coptic Christians by extremist militant groups in Libya has headlined the news this week, exposing the vulnerability of Christian communities in the region’s shifting political landscapes.
IDC invites you to pray, act, and give this Lent in solidarity with Christians in the Middle East. We have named Wednesday, February 25th a national Day of Action, launching a campaign of personal and community prayer, political action raising awareness of this humanitarian and human rights crisis, and charitable giving to aid communities in the region.
This Lent, unite your voice with thousands of others in solidarity with Middle East Christians.
Join the Day of Action: Pray. Act. Give.
- Join the national campaign of prayer in solidarity with Middle East Christians!
This Lent, unite yourself with thousands of others, offering February 25th as a special day of prayer and sacrifice for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
- Get others to pray with you!
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- Share the story of Middle Eastern Christians!
Inform yourself and your community about the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Download IDC’s fact sheet and videos from the Day of Action website and get informed.
Join thousands of American citizens in encouraging our nation’s leadership to make the Christians in the Middle East a priority. It’s easy!
On February 25th make THREE SIMPLE PHONE CALLS:
- Call the U.S. State Department, asking Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to ensure U.S. aid is reaching Christian refugees in northern Iraq!
- Call your Congressional Representative and ask them to join the newly formed Caucus for Religious Minorities in the Middle East, so the urgent needs of religious minorities are not forgotten in American foreign policy!
- Call the White House and ask President Obama to appoint a U.S. Special Envoy for the protection of religious minorities in the Middle East! President Obama signed the bill to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom in the Middle East last August, but a Special Envoy still has not been appointed.
Many charitable organizations serve the material and spiritual needs of Middle Eastern Christians, including those
who have been displaced. But resources are limited and they need your support!