I’m excited to report that last week, the U.S. State Department held its second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. They did a great job of raising awareness and advancing solutions to increase religious freedom around the world. [See details of the Ministerial here].
There were promising meetings and high-ranking, inspirational speakers. There were signs of progress and announcements of action. And there were sanctions and stern warnings: like to China, North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan – some of the world’s worst human rights offenders.
There were also examples of action. In fact, it was so cool to learn of the many organizations, like the Knights of Columbus, for example, who are doing their part to help rebuild the towns and lives of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
But one of the things that encouraged me most was President Trump’s invitation to meet with 27 survivors of persecution in the Oval Office. He was genuinely interested in hearing their stories and first-hand accounts of
This kind of authentic concern for the persecuted is truly unprecedented! No other administration has ever addressed religious freedom on a global level with this kind of intention and conviction. Our government is doing their part to stem the rising tide of global persecution but we still have to do our part to care for our brothers and sisters who are suffering today for Christ’s sake.
Are you feeling inspired, but unsure what you can do to make a difference? Gather some friends and start an Heirloom Love small group Bible study. Together, you can join a movement that is changing the world.
Please pray for the efforts of this administration to change the minds of leaders around the world — our brothers’ and sisters’ lives depend on it.
Mercy and Truth Always,