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Sam Brownback: 3 Things to Know About the New Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

January 24, 2018 by Kristin Wright in

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, has just been confirmed by the Senate as the new Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. At Open Doors, we’re so encouraged by this important news. As the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities continues to rise around the world, it is crucial to have a strong leader speaking out on their behalf and influencing U.S. foreign policy on this topic.

We’re so grateful for your voice on this issue! Your prayers and advocacy have led to this moment.

Here are three things to know about the new Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom:

1. Brownback has a history of championing religious freedom around the globe.

Previously, as a member of the Senate and co-chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Brownback worked tirelessly to improve international religious freedom in countries around the world. During his days in the Senate, Brownback described religious freedom as the “the choice of what you do with your own soul.”

In 1998 he was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act, which was foundational in creating the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department—which he will now lead in his new capacity as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. During his time in the Senate, Brownback also traveled to Sudan, speaking out against the bombing of civilians, and introduced legislation to counter the horrific lack of human rights in North Korea.

2. With persecution on the rise, an ambassador at large for international religious freedom is needed now more than ever before.

The release of the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List depicts a continuing rise in the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities around the world. This creates a need for the core principles of international religious freedom to inform U.S. foreign policy at the highest levels. As we look at the situation for Christians and other religious minorities across the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, as well as in persecution hotspots like North Korea and Nigeria, it is vital to have a voice in the U.S. State Department addressing this issue.

3. Much work still lies ahead.

Due to recent legislative changes, as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Brownback will have increased influence within this role. Working closely with the Secretary of State and others at the U.S. State Department, Brownback will have an incredible opportunity to influence foreign policy on this crucial issue—at a time when it’s needed the most.

At Open Doors USA, we will continue to work closely with the Office for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department and welcome the opportunity to work closely with the newly confirmed Ambassador Brownback. Because the work ahead of us is still great.

7 responses to “Sam Brownback: 3 Things to Know About the New Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom”

  1. Will Mr. Brownback also push for religious freedom with U.S Allies like Saudi Arabia and Turkey? Usually American Politicians avoid calling out what those countries do because they fear losing military bases there.

  2. Praise the Lord for answered prayer, for Sam Brownback’s confirmation as Ambassader at Large for International Religious Freedom! God’s purposes and plans for his life continue to produce fruit for the cause of religious freedom. Thank you for explanation of our former Governor of Kansas’s job description. Ambassador Brownback will need our prayers🙏🏻. Thank God for Open Doors!!

  3. I thank GOD for this wonderful news. Let this opportunity be a blessing for the tortured our christian brothers and sisters. Also this freedom be an opening for all those people never heard about Jesus Christ around the world to hear about Lord Jesus Christ and getting freedom to persecuted believers to worship Lord Jesus Christ.
    I sincerely pray that GOD use the present American president , vice president and the open door as just Aron and Hur stayed up the hands of Moses at war with Amalek and Isreal won the WAR.
    GOD bless our open door mission abountantly.

    With prayer and regrds
    Bro. Francis

  4. We have seen a rise in the persecution of Christians around the world, and it is great to have voice against this violence, and a position to provide change for freedom of worship.

  5. Will Ambassador Brownback advocate For Pastor Brunson’s freedom? He has served 16 months in a Turkish prison. He has served his church in Turkey for 20 yrs. the government there thinks he’s involved with violent groups.
    I pray they will release this Pastor to his wife and church soon. Thank you.

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