‘Save The Persecuted Christians’ Begins Awareness Movement

Save The Persecuted Church logoA coalition of Christian leaders and organizations was launched Wednesday in response to the persecution that is being witnessed throughout the world but that is largely absent in the headlines.

Among the leading members of Save The Persecuted Christians (STPC) are more than two dozen individuals, including NRB president & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. The coalition’s mission is to protect Christians worldwide who are suffering discrimination, torture, rape, slavery, banishment and murder — simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.

“Violent and extreme persecution against Christians is an appalling reality; it’s happening and cannot be ignored,” expressed Johnson. “Church and ministry leaders in the United States must serve as a loud voice on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

According to Open Doors, worldwide every month 255 Christians are killed, 104 Christians are abducted, 160 Christians are detained or imprisoned without trial, 66 churches are attacked, and 180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted, or forced into marriage.

The goal of STPC is to greatly reduce — and to deter — the further global persecution of Christians. Beyond calling attention to the oppression of Christians worldwide, the coalition says the immediate task is to disseminate actionable information about ways in which the American people can help those being persecuted. The information includes relevant initiatives of STPC members and others.

On February 14, STPC representatives called upon faith leaders and houses of worship across America to post banners featuring the “nun” letter outside their facilities in order to (1) build awareness and (2) encourage engagement by directing passers-by to www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org.

The “nun” letter became an international symbol for the oppression of Christians after the Islamic State used this first letter of the Arabic word for “Nazarene” to designate homes of followers of Christ targeted for persecution.

A banner and supporting materials can be viewed and downloaded at www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org. Other items available include additional information about the coalition, a pastoral bulletin insert and details concerning partner resources.

In addition to Johnson, leading members of Save The Persecuted Christians include:

  • Rev. David Barton, WallBuilders
  • Pastor Paul Blair, Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ
  • LTG/Rev. “Jerry” Boykin, Family Research Council
  • Dr. Mark Christian, Global Faith Initiative
  • Andrew Coleman, Voices of the Martyrs
  • Devon Cross, Donors’ Forum on International Affairs
  • Bill Dallas, United in Purpose
  • Dr. Tim Daughtry, Clinical Psychologist and Author
  • Tom Doyle, Uncharted Ministries and Author
  • Bob Fu, ChinaAid
  • Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
  • Pastor Mark Gonzales, Hispanic Action Network
  • Suzanne Grishman, Nazarene Fund
  • Deborah and Michael Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies
  • Phil Haney, former CPB Officer and Author
  • Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, former Students for Soviet Jewry Activist
  • Jake Hoffman, Rally Forge
  • Jason James, Resonance Films
  • Tracey Johnson, Credo Strategies
  • Rick Joyner, Oak Initiative
  • Kelly Kullberg, American Association of Evangelicals
  • Dede Laugesen, Save the Christian Middle East
  • Reggie Littlejohn, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
  • Fr. Andre Mahanna, St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy
  • Faith McDonnell, Institute for Religion and Democracy
  • Rev. Johnnie Moore, Kairos Ministries
  • Pastor Sam Rohrer, American Pastors Network
  • Zach Sicherman, Faithkeepers
  • Erick Stackelbeck, Christians United for Israel
  • Juliana Taimoorazy, Iraqi Christian Relief
  • Elizabeth Yore, International Child Advocate and Attorney
  • Gregg Young, Red State Radio Host

By NRB Staff

Published: February 15, 2018


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