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Thursday, March 10

Persecution of Christians Today : 2015 Worst Year for Christians Around the World

Rev Franklyn Graham made the following statement.

"2015 was just reported in the media as the worst year for Christian persecution. More than twice as many Christians were killed for their faith than in the previous year–making it the worst in history since these statistics have been tracked.

So I am announcing that we will be convening The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, to be held in Moscow, Russia, October 28-30, 2016, by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church.

No church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia. In the years under Communist rule, virtually all of the priests, pastors, and church leaders in Russia were imprisoned or executed by the Communists, and their graves are on the outskirts of Moscow and throughout the country serving as a reminder. So Moscow will be a fitting and meaningful location for this much-needed summit.

I was in Russia this past October and met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the church worldwide. In an interview published Feb. 16 Patriarch Kirill said, “I strongly believe that we should work together in order to save our society from de-Christianization—because, facing increasing atheistic pressure, which has become quite aggressive in some countries, Christians are being squeezed out of public life.”

Britain's Prince Charles has warned that Christianity might be entirely erased from the land of its birth in the Middle East within five years. We saw beheadings, torture, imprisonment, and more in many countries around the world.

The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place. Will you pray with us for this historic summit?"

Read : Beheadings, imprisonment made 2015 worst year for Christian persecution, report finds | Fox News


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