Open Doors Supporters Advocate on Capitol Hill
Last week in Washington, D.C., Open Doors supporters from around the country gathered for a briefing. Our supporters heard firsthand from Open Doors staff based in the Middle East and had the opportunity to participate in a day on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf of persecuted Christians.
The day began with an overview of Open Doors Advocacy efforts. Our guests received instructions on how to conduct an effective meeting with Congressional staff on this issue. Then, accompanied by Open Doors staff members, we taxied to Capitol Hill for our appointments. The focus of each meeting was to discuss the work of Open Doors on behalf of persecuted Christians and to encourage support for current international religious freedom legislation in Congress. One important bill that was highlighted was H.R. 1150, The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015.
Open Doors supporters came away from these meetings with a renewed understanding of their influence as constituents upon representatives in Washington. They shared that Congressional staff members were attentive, taking notes throughout the meetings, and expressing interest in learning more about the persecuted church. One person shared that he was the second person who had advocated at his representative’s office for H.R. 1150 that week, and that the staff member would be putting a memo regarding the legislation on his boss’s desk that day.
Since over 10,000 bills are introduced into Congress each term, your member of Congress depends on hearing from you regarding the legislation that you care about. We encourage everyone to contact their member of Congress via email or phone and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 1150, if they are not current cosponsors. And if your representative is already a cosponsor, please send them a “thank you” email today. Please refer to the H.R. 1150 Current List of Cosponsors.
Your voice makes a powerful difference in the halls of Congress, as many of our Open Doors supporters discovered firsthand this week. To receive an invitation to upcoming advocacy briefings in Washington DC and/or to learn about future advocacy opportunities, sign up to receive our monthly Advocacy Update. We hope you will join us!