One of the main questions we get is, "How do I practically help the persecuted Church?" You may think there is not much you can personally do...no! On the contrary, you are the first line of defense (and offense!) Here are five practical ways for you to help the persecuted Church in the next five minutes:
1. Be Informed!
One of the greatest contributions to Christian persecution is silence: the press hardly reports on it, and worse, the Western Church is asleep. ICC researches news daily, providing you a quick summary to find out everything that is going on with the persecuted Church around the world.
The best thing you can do is be aware of the situation. Start getting content sent to you so you know what is going on. If you don't like our stuff, you can also check out Voice of the Martyrs or Open Doors.
2. Be Active
It's not enough to be aware of a problem, if we don't take action! The Christian community is massive, and it is amazing how quiet they are when members of our body are persecuted. There are a number of things you can do to practically help the persecuted Church:
- Call the embassies of persecuting countries we highlight
- Write or call your legislators and let them know about the actions of offending countries
- Sign-up for our monthly advocacy alert*
- Sign our petitions, and encourage your community to do the same
Your voice matters!
3. Be Giving
Give to the organizations who are helping the persecuted Church. ICC is simply a connection, a bridge, from you to the persecuted. We can do nothing without you.
4. Tell others
As we said, the Western Church is asleep on this topic. The only way people know about Christian persecution is when the Church tells them. Volunteer to receive mutliple copies of our monthly newsletter, retweet, forward e-mails...don't keep the information to yourself. Spread the word.
You might think this is a throwaway, but do not underestimate the power of pray. Persecuted Christians tell us all the time that they can feel when people pray for them. "I was so encouraged.in prison... .. " It is fundamental in fighting spiritual warfare. To understand the immediate needs of the persecuted, sign up to receive weekly prayer points from our news feed.