In a February 11 2016 WSJ editorial ‘ISIS Guilty of Anti-Christian Genocide‘, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos calls us to join “Christians throughout the world will mark Monday, Feb. 15, as a day to remember the courage and religious fortitude of 21 Coptic Christians who were executed one year ago by Islamic State terrorists in Libya”. In our lifetimes, none of us expected to witness Christians to be “executed for no other reason than their faith in Jesus Christ”.
Is there anything we can learn from their faith?
“The 21 men executed that day were itinerant tradesman working on a construction job. All were native Egyptians but one, a young African man whose identity is uncertain—reports of his name vary, and he was described as coming from Chad or Ghana. But the power of his example is unshakable. The executioners demanded that each hostage identify his religious allegiance. Given the opportunity to deny their faith, under threat of death, the Egyptians declared their faith in Jesus. Steadfast in their belief even in the face of evil, each was beheaded.”
At the Orthodox Christian Network, we have unbending Faith in what we call, ‘Sparks of Goodness’ and the power of Prayer. We invite you to use our Mobile Apps (to download Orthodox New & Orthodox Prayerbook, please click here), to join us in asking +1 million to unite in prayer on February 15. Bishop Demetrios reminds us that “Coptic Orthodox Christian Church will be joined by the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations in observing the somber anniversary”.
To read Bishop Demetrios’s editorial – ‘ISIS Is Guilty of Anti-Christian Genocide’, on the Wall Street Journal web site, click here.
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How Can You Help?
We invite you to share with the Orthodox Christian Network substantive philanthropies that are coming to the aid of all that are persecuted. Notable is the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) whom “in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond”. The IOCC has undertaken significant initiatives to help save Syria’s children whom are displaced or living as refugees. Notably 92% of every dollar donated to the IOCC “directly helps those affecting dire situations”.
“You can help the victims of poverty and conflicts around the world by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund which will provide immediate relief, as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org or call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297.
An additional notable philanthropy is “The Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens program which has pressed governments to issue visas to persecuted Christians, on condition that the organization will foot their expenses”. Operation Safe Havens was featured in an August 20, 2015, editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Robert R. Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute in McLean, Va.
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