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The Rise of Global Christian Persecution: Where do we go from here?
On June 6 at Truro Methodist Church, Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Mervyn Thomas (CSW), John Pontifex (Aid to the Church in Need), Baroness Caroline Cox, Paul Robinson and Revd Imtiaz Ahsraf (Release International) and Fiona Bruce, UK Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief will be taking part in a conference discussing The Rise of Global Christian Persecution: Where do we go from here?
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Dr Russell Blacker writes:
Some of you will remember attending our three previous conferences in Truro Methodist Church on the big issue of the persecution – and, now, genocide – of our fellow Christians around the world. Over 340 million Christians now live in countries where they experience severe or very severe persecution.
The Lord did warn us that this would happen and of course there is a mandate that the Body of Christ does all it can to support and help our brothers and sisters who are paying the ultimate price for their faith. This is all the more necessary because Christian minorities are usually bypassed by Western Governments (including our own), and multilateral Aid Organisations, and the Media. They therefore rely heavily on the smaller faith-based NGOs donations to whom are only a fraction of that given to more popular charities.
The already appalling statistics on those attacked, displaced, abducted, raped and forcibly married, as well as imprisoned, tortured and killed merely because they believe in the Lord Jesus have continued to climb year on year. We have therefore called this conference for two reasons:
(1) The first is to examine Where do we go from here? We are thrilled to have been able to assemble a distinguished panel of the UK’s leading experts – to discuss whether we could do more, and What, and to review what actions are found to be effective and ineffective – as well as considering whether the agenda needs to be widened? The conference will therefore examine the spiritual dimension alongside practical and political matters.
(2) The second reason is to help the main constituency – Christian believers – to understand what is happening and why – and to equip us all to realise that there is a great deal each of us can do to ‘assist and resist’ – through prayer and dedicated prayer groups, through consciousness-raising, political and media lobbying, and donations and fund-raising for the faith-based NGOs who are often the only source of support to the victims.
Baroness Caroline Cox, Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Mervyn Thomas (CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide), John Pontifex (Aid to the Church in Need), Paul Robinson and Rev’d Imtiaz Sharif (Release International), Fiona Bruce (MP and UK Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief) and Rev’d Robert de Berry (whose team are concluding their bike pilgrimage across southern England) will be speaking, discussing, and answering your questions.
There will be stands for books and handouts for each of the NGOs represented.
We hope that this issue will touch your heart and encourage a big turnout for what is one of the most important issues on the Christian agenda. Rev’d Mark Dunn-Wilson and our friends at Truro Methodist Church are generously providing both the venue and refreshments as well as leading the worship and prayers.
The conference is free to attend but donations to cover speaker and other expenses etc will be very welcome.
Parking: there is an NCP car park alongside the Church and of course other car parks nearby.
All best wishes
Dr Russell Blacker and colleagues: the Caucus for the Persecuted Church.Poster