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He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, 

that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,

and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. LUKE 4:18-19

Advocacy

There are 200 million Christians living in areas where persecution is severe and another 400 million living in areas where they are at risk.

This loss of freedom violates the Universal Charter of Human Rights and in some countries, it even occurs with official complicity – in violation of rights established in national constitutions.

 

Persecution includes:

  • Vilification, threats and intimidation;
  • Deprivation of education and employment opportunities;
  • Home raids and confiscation of Bibles;
  • Dispossession of house, land and other property;
  • Desecration of Churches and graves;
  • Rape of women and children;
  • Destruction of villages, crops and businesses;
  • Assault – physical and psychological abuse;
  • Imprisonment – often without charge;
  • Falsified evidence presented in law courts;
  • Torture for revenge, and to extract information;
  • Murder and genocide in order to annihilate entire Christian communities.

 

Christians are persecuted in nations governed by totalitarian regimes – religious and secular – which are intolerant of any worldview which challenges their absolute power over people.

 

This applies in over 50 nations of the world, including North Africa, the Middle East, China, south Asia and many nations of the former USSR.

Christians are persecuted because;

  • Of their allegiance to Jesus;
  • They acknowledge the authority of God;
  • They are outspoken about social injustice;
  • They belong to ethnic minorities and become scapegoats for public dissatisfaction – to deflect blame from those in authority.

 

Examples of such groups include the Coptic Christians in Egypt, the Karen in Burma and the Assyrians in Iraq.

Raises awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians by:

 

1. Share Information

Christian Faith and Freedom share information about religious persecution through our newsletters, website, speaking engagements, conferences and DVDs;

 

2. Inform Politicians

We inform politicians and diplomatic representatives about the extent of religious persecution and drawing their attention to particular cases where they have authority to influence change;

 

3. Informing the Media

We inform the media of the extent and severity of persecution of Christians;

 

4. Contribute to Submissions

We contribute to Human Rights Dialogues;

 

5. Write letters

We write letters to Parliamentarians, Embassies and foreign Governments to urge redress of Human Rights violations.

Elizabeth Kendal Appointed CFF Director of Advocacy

The Board of Christian Faith and Freedom is delighted to welcome religious liberty advocate, Elizabeth Kendal, to our board as Director of Advocacy. To this vital role, Elizabeth brings 15 years of invaluable experience as an internationally acclaimed monitor and analyst of international trends in religious persecution. She was Principal Researcher and Writer for the WEA Religious Liberty Commission from 2002-2009 and is currently Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at the Melbourne School of Theology. Elizabeth maintains two permanent blog sites, has contributed to ‘Islam and Public Policy’ and has published numerous articles. She is a strong, popular presenter of information vital for our time, and is much in demand as a public speaker.

 

Her highly acclaimed book, ‘Turn Back the Battle—Isaiah speaks to Christians Today”, provides great encouragement, spiritual resources and a historic precedent to help the church respond rightly to an existential threat. As Christians face escalating persecution worldwide, it is time to heed Isaiah’s message.

 

To purchase the book please visit the website: http://www.turnbackthebattle.com/thebook.html