More than 1 million children in northern Nigeria and nearby areas have been displaced because of attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, the BBC reports. The organization International Christian Concern (ICC) says the children are living in “horrific conditions, facing malnutrition and disease.”
ICC acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and those in persecuted countries. The bridge carries encouragement, prayers and aid in while news, requests, and love flow back over the bridge. The bridge also allows for the voices and concerns of the persecuted to be heard by the Church so that we might move the rest of the world to action on their behalf.
For more information, see www.persecution.org.
Our annual March Food Campaign starts this Tuesday, March 1 and ends on March 31. Bins are in the back of the churches. The week of March 19-25 is an extra challenge as we have the “PACK THE PEWS” week. Lets see how many bags we can fill. Make your almsgiving? This goes to our Dodge County Food Shelf. Donations are matched 100%.
It is alarming news we hear now and then – the persecution of Christians. In 2013, there were some 2,100 Christians killed for faith-related reasons across the globe. The latest report found that anti-Christian persecution reached a new peak in 2015, with 7,100 people killed for faith-related reasons.
“The persecution of Christians is getting worse – in every region in which we work,” says Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland. About 4,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria, over 1,200 in the Central African and over 700 in Chad throughout 2015. In addition, over 2,400 churches were attacked or shut down for faith-related reasons, the Open Doors report said.
Please pray for our sisters and brothers in Christ who are facing persecution for their faith.
To learn more, see www.opendoorsusa.org.
The cold days of winter are a perfect time to catch up on reading and to learn new things. Here are some organizations worth checking out:
Priests for Life: Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information visit www.priestsforlife.org.
American Life League: Co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown and nine other dedicated pro-life Americans, ALL is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States. American Life League is a 501©(3) organization committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death.