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Christians in the Mirror

June 5, 2019

DC Premiere of Powerful New Film about Global Persecution of Christians

Institute on Religion and Democracy Media Advisory
June 5, 2019
Contact:  Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail: jwalton@TheIRD.org

IRD Co-Sponsors Christians in the Mirror’s first screening in Nation’s Capital

What: Christians in the Mirror documentary film
Who:   Institute on Religion and Democracy, Save the Persecuted Christians
Where: Miracle Theater, 535 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC
When:  7 p.m., Monday, June 10

Washington, DC—Christians in the Mirror, a new documentary film that tells the story of faith and courage of Christians from Egypt, India, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan will premiere for one night only in Washington, DC on June 10.

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Save the Persecuted Christians are co-sponsoring the Washington, DC screening of the film. U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), an advocate for persecuted Christians, will be a special guest at the screening.

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

Christians in the Mirror filmmaker Jordan Allott was already in production when he reached out to me in the spring of 2018 for help connecting with Sudanese Christians. I introduced him to IRD’s long-time ministry partner, the Reverend John Chol Daau.

“In the film, John tells of becoming a Lost Boy because of the Sudanese regime’s genocidal attack on Christians in what is now the nation of South Sudan. He also shares testimony of God’s faithfulness, and how today he is the founder and director of Good Shepherd Academy, a Juba Christian primary school with over 350 students from eight tribal groups.

“Jordan also met with Christians from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan seeking refuge in South Sudan. Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the people of the Nuba Mountains and Nuba Christians in particular have experienced intense persecution at the hands of Sudan’s Islamist regime.”

Film producers hope that stories of Christians living out their faith, sharing the Gospel, seeing their loved ones martyred for believing in Jesus, and experiencing deprivation and poverty, will convict Western Christians to become stronger advocates for their persecuted brothers and sisters.

“No American Christian will view this film and remain the same. It is no coincidence that the film is titled Christians in the Mirror. In his Epistle, the Apostle James says that if anyone is a ‘hearer’ of the word, but not a ‘doer,’ he is like a man who looks at himself in the mirror and goes away and immediately forgets. It is our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ whose faces we are seeing in the mirror.

“Testimonies of Christians from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and India, as well as Sudan, will bless, encourage, and humble you. The lovely, radiant face and joyful words of a woman whose husband was martyred by ISIS on the Libya seashore will haunt you. The courage of pastors in India, and entire communities of Christians from Iraq and Syria, will inspire.”

Christians in the Mirror producers will work with Save The Persecuted Christians coalition members to take the film on the road. Churches and other groups are encouraged to host their own screenings. IRD will host another screening of the film in Washington, DC in connection with the U.S. State Department Ministerial on International Religious Freedom, July 16-18.

Tickets are $12 (to fund the nationwide screenings) and available in a link at the Christians in the Mirror website, www.ChristiansintheMirror.com, and their Facebook page, @ChristiansintheMirror247.

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