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Prayer for martyrs

Ubicación: April 9 at 7pm at Highland Park United

In October 2011 a demonstration was held in Cairo, Egypt in reaction to the demolition of a Copitc church claimed to be built without the appropriate license. The peaceful protesters who intended to stage a sit-in in front of the Maspero television building were attacked by the Egyptian army, resulting in 28 deaths and 212 injuries, most of which were sustained by Coptic Christians.

In reaction to the Maspero Massacre, an evangelical church and the Coptic community in Dallas, Texas held a joint service to commemorate the memory of the martyred Christians in Egypt. Out of this service came the idea to hold an ecumenical prayer gathering for martyred Christians everywhere. This event is called Prayer for Martyrs.

Most Americans have never been persecuted. We’ve never had to leave our houses and country to practice our faith. We simply go to church, and get on with our lives. Easy. Yet there are around 200 million Christians on the planet who don’t have this luxury.

It’s hard to imagine what 200 million people looks like, but one in three might be easier. One in ten Christians lives in countries where violent persecution is an everyday reality.

We’d like to introduce you to a few of those 200 million. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a country where practicing your faith may mean death. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where we can practice Christianity freely.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Go to church with them. Hold up a cross with them. Hear their stories.

Now is the time to extend a helping hand. We’re not offering an immediate end to the persecution of Christians, but solidarity with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This is Prayer for Martyrs, and we hope to show Christian solidarity from America to Egypt, and around the world.

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