Open Doors Goes To Washington

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

Last week Open Doors had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of persecuted Christians. While there we held a press conference at The National Press Club.

Representatives from both the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Hudson Institute joined us on the platform to raise awareness of Christians being persecuted in Nigeria, Egypt, Iran and Iraq.

This was the first press conference that we had ever held in Washington D.C. We had over 20 organizations show up like USCIRF, The Christian Post and the Family Research Council.

Dr. Carl Moeller, President of Open Doors USA shared pictures of churches which had been bombed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Extremist group. More than 100 Christians have been killed in church bombings in 2012 alone.

Rabbi Adlerstein of The Simon Wiesenthal Center talked about the importance of people of all faiths having the ability to safely attend their house of worship without fear. He encouraged all people, from all faith groups to speak out on this issue.

Nina Shea of The Hudson Institute shared about the House bill HR 440, to appoint a special religious freedom envoy in the Near East and South Central Asia. This bill was recently passed in the House, but has been held up in the Senate by Senator Jim Webb.

It was so important to share this information with these organizations….organizations which have influence and can spark change. Will you pray that God would allow for more opportunities to share this message with others? Thanks so much for standing with us!