Non-profit organization works to serve persecuted Christians around the world
Amid reports that there are more than 340 million Christians facing persecution for their faith, the Christian nonprofit For The Martyrs has scheduled a second march for the oppressed in Washington, DC The march will have take place this summer.
Gia Chacón, who founded For The Martyrs to give a voice to persecuted Christians, said The Christian Post, “I saw the need to [persecuted Christians] to have a voice, and I believed that if God would lay it on my heart, if He would break my heart, then it was the responsibility to do something. “
Chacón, 24, launched For the Martyrs in December 2019, and through the group she and others were able to raise awareness and encourage other young people to stand up for oppressed Christians. The nonprofit organization provides aid in the form of food, clothing, transportation and Bibles while also advocating for persecuted Christians around the world, an issue according to Chacón is “often overlooked by faith communities” and ignored by the media.
“As I began my research, I realized that not only was Christian persecution on the rise every year, but also Christians were the most persecuted religious group. And I’ve never realized it before, ”she shared. Chacón first saw Christian persecution in Egypt when she visited the country with her grandmother through her grandmother’s non-profit organization. Then she traveled to Egypt again at age 20, and that’s when she decided to jump all in, or even quit her dream job, to give a voice to Christian martyrs.
On September 5, 2020, For the Martyrs organized the first ever march for the persecuted church in Long Beach, California, drawing hundreds of people from various Christian denominations to unite in solidarity for the persecuted church around the world. .
“We walk for life. We walk for our rights. We walk when we stand up for injustices. But there has never been a large scale march to defend the persecuted Church around the world,” she said. The Christian Post. “So at For the Martyrs, led by myself, we have decided if we are organizing a march to be in solidarity with the persecuted Church, it will not only help to raise awareness but also to bring people into this movement for the Church. persecuted in order to give them a tangible image of how to make a difference in the lives of the persecuted. “
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of Washington Gazette, a medium he relaunched in 2019 in response to the constant spread of fake news.