Save The Persecuted Christians

‘Save The Persecuted Christians’ Campaign Launches

on February 14, 2018

Institute on Religion & Democracy Press Release
February 14, 2018
Contact: Jeff Walton Office: 202-682-4131, Cell: 202-413-5639, E-mail:

“Caring for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted, and knowing that we are one body of Christ with them, should be in the DNA of every church and every individual follower of Jesus Christ.”
– IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith J.H. McDonnell 

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) is joining with the Save The Persecuted Christians (STPC) campaign, an informal alliance of individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to using their expertise, skills, and energy to protect Christians worldwide suffering discrimination, torture, rape, slavery, banishment and murder simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.

The campaign is modeled after the extraordinary work of the campaign to Save Soviet Jewry, which began in 1970 with banners and signage in front of synagogues and churches. Save The Persecuted Christians hopes to spawn a similarly powerful movement that will be a catalyst for change in the minds and hearts of American Christians – to wake the sleeping, transform the apathetic, ignite the passive, and empower all those who care but don’t know how to take action.

Dozens of churches will hang the official “Save The Persecuted Christians” banner in front of their place of worship beginning today. Churches can continue to join the effort at any time, by ordering a free banner and information/resources kit from the website,

IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith McDonnell, with 24 years of experience in advocacy work for persecuted Christians, coordinates IRD’s partnership in STPC.

IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:

“IRD is proud to be part of the Save The Persecuted Christians coalition, and to re-energize a movement that 20 years ago led to the International Religious Freedom Act and other policy efforts to help the persecuted.

“A day that is both St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday is especially appropriate to launch a campaign that we hope will become a gift from the heart of American Christians to their brothers and sisters who are suffering for their faith, and a time to remember that although the Lenten road experienced by persecuted Christians is so long and hard, it leads to resurrected life.

“It is my hope and prayer that churches that look to IRD for counsel on having a truly Biblical social witness in the world will immediately reach out to the STPC website and join the campaign. Caring for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted, and knowing that we are one body of Christ with them, should be in the DNA of every church and every individual follower of Jesus Christ.

“This initiative is truly on the heart of God. IRD has planned a conference for May 10 of this year on Western Christian apathy to the plight of persecuted. With the work of the STPC campaign, we envision more Western Christians empowered to daily intercede for and to take action on behalf of their persecuted fellow Christians.”

  1. Comment by Delores Sturtz on December 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Watching Jim Bakker and those discussing how to help with the persecuted Christians

  2. Comment by Ross Geyer on December 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Please keep sending me these reports

  3. Comment by Jerry Chasteen on January 31, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for taking the Stand.

  4. Comment by Mahmoud Hosny Mahmoud Rashed on August 28, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    My name is Mahmoud Hosny Mahmoud Rashed , from Egypt , work as a doctor . I want to convert to Christianity instead of Islam. I said this to some people from my family and some close people, but I was subjected to insult, violence and threats, and my wife also left me for this reason. There is no religious freedom in Egypt. If a person leaves Islam here, he is threatened with death even from his family. Muslims believe that whoever leaves Islam should be killed. The Egyptian government does not protect anyone who wants to convert to Christianity and does not allow him to change his religion to Christianity in his official papers. I feel very scared and frightened to even go to churches here because the Egyptian security prevents anyone who is written on his ID that he is a Muslim, and being subjected to violence and threats. Christians in Egypt are also afraid of helping those who convert to Christianity , because of the persecution of those who leave Islam and those who help them. I am also afraid of even trying to change religion in my official papers because of this persecution. I feel lonely in this world. I cannot enter any church because my ID card says that I am a Muslim. I do not find a Christian company to help me learn the teachings of Christianity. I want to live in any country where most people believe in Jesus. My dream is to live safely in a Christian majority. Can you help me be a refugee in any Christian country even if it is the poorest country in the world? The most important thing is just to be a Christian.
    Please help and save me.

    Thank you very much ,
    Mahmoud Hosny Mahmoud Rashed

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