Friday, April 23, 2010
That number is astonishing and very disturbing. But Jesus told us persecution would increase.
I recently saw a video about the continuing persecution of the Christians in the state of Orissa in India. The video is very disturbing, so be warned.
I posted about the miraculous event with the elephants in Orissa here:
MARTYRED: 176,000 CHRISTIANS in ONE YEAR
-by Bob Unruh - www.wnd.com
A new ministry partnership has launched a campaign to raise
awareness of the fact that an estimated 176,000 Christians around
the world were martyred - killed for their faith - in a one-year period
from the middle of 2008 to the middle of 2009.
That's 482 deaths per day, one every three minutes.
Martyrdom didn't go away with the Middle Ages, according to
reports from Open Doors USA, which now has combined efforts
with actor Kirk Cameron of "The Way of the Master" ministry as
well as evangelist Ray Comfort of Living Waters ministry to focus
on those who are being persecuted for their faith.
The groups have announced a webinar on Thursday, an interactive
Internet-based seminar, featuring Cameron, Comfort and Carl
Moeller, the president of Open Doors USA.
Registration is open to the public and free of charge.
Emeal Zwayne, executive vice president of Living Waters, said that
few Christians in the U.S. are even aware "that an estimated
176,000 Christians were martyred from mid-2008 to mid-2009.
"It's so hard to believe that in this day and age so many Christians
are losing their life for their faith. It's as though we in the U.S. live
in a different world from the rest of the Body of Christ," he said.
"We want to ask the question that is on a few people's lips - will
persecution ever come to America? And if so, what can we do
about it?" he said.
Zwayne said the ministries have been working together "to try and
draw attention to the plight of the Persecuted Church, because
Scripture tells us to remember those who are persecuted for the
sake of Christ."
"Open Doors is a wonderful organization, and together we want to
do all we can to highlight this often forgotten cause," he said.
Read the rest of the article here:
Click here to take action at Open Doors USA: http://www.opendoorsusa.org/
In Christ, Sara