Biblical Justice: Empowering and Supporting Persecuted Christians

Andrew Reilly

February 5, 2024

How to help-ECSPE

The Bible teaches Christians to love and support one another, especially during hardship and persecution. As followers of Christ, it is a moral duty and a Biblical mandate to stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Now, the question arises of what Christians can do to help persecuted brethren in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.

Prayer:

The Bible highlights the significance of prayer. In times of persecution, persistent and fervent prayer can provide strength to those undergoing adversity. Christians should regularly pray for the safety, bravery, and loyalty of persecuted believers worldwide. Jesus instructs in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Raise Awareness:

Educating fellow believers about the persecution faced by Christians globally is crucial. Use various platforms to share stories, statistics, and information about believers’ challenges. Proverbs 31:8-9 encourages speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves: ” Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Financial Support:

Providing financial aid to organizations supporting persecuted Christians is a tangible way to make a difference. The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:14-16, commends the Philippians for their financial support, emphasizing the impact it has on the spread of the Gospel: “Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only.”

Advocate for Religious Freedom:

Use your voice to advocate for religious freedom and human rights. Engage with local and national authorities, expressing concern for the plight of persecuted Christians. Proverbs 31:8 encourages believers to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Provide Practical Support:

Offer practical assistance to those displaced or affected by persecution. This can include providing shelter, food, and other essential needs. James 2:15-16 emphasizes the importance of meeting practical needs: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”

What ECSPE Done in 2023:

In the relentless pursuit of its mission, the Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE) continues to actively engage in rescuing persecuted Christians from life-threatening situations, providing immediate support for rehabilitation and reintegration into society. The year 2023 stands as a testament to divine intervention, showcasing ECSPE as a powerful instrument of God’s glory and mercy.

Divine Interventions: Success Stories in 2023

  1. Deny Shaukat: Born into a Muslim family, Deny faced persecution after his parents’ conversion to Christianity. Relocated to Malaysia in September 2023, Deny awaits UNHCR asylum, symbolizing hope for a secure future (Matthew 5:10).
  2. Ezra and Daughters: Rescued from a kiln house, falsely accused, and threatened, Ezra’s family faced imminent danger. ECSPE facilitated their relocation to South Asia, ensuring their safety and shielding them from harm (Proverbs 31:8-9).
  3. Razaq Masih: Fleeing brutal attacks and false blasphemy charges, Razaq Masih found refuge in Bangkok after ECSPE orchestrated his escape from persecution in Pakistan (Psalm 91:14-15).
  4. Shahzad Masih (Sajjad Masih): Accused of blasphemy twice, Sajjad Masih found sanctuary in ECSPE’s safe home, awaiting protection from UNHCR Bangkok as he seeks a secure future (Isaiah 41:10).
  5. Shaukat and Kiran Masih: Falsely accused of blasphemy, this couple faces imminent danger in Pakistan. ECSPE is moving them to Thailand for international protection under UNHCR (Psalm 118:6).
  6. Defending Victims of Blasphemy Laws: ECSPE currently defends Ishtiaq Masih and Nadeem James, victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, ensuring legal advocacy and protection (Proverbs 31:9).
  7. Rehabilitation of Jaranwala Victims: Responding swiftly to the tragedy in Jaranwala, ECSPE provided essential aid to 58 Christian families who lost homes and possessions in the August 2023 attack (Matthew 25:35-36).

Impactful Initiatives in 2023

  1. Rescue Her: ECSPE’s “Rescue Her” project focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating persecuted women. In 2023, over 12 young girls were rescued from a brick kiln in Pakistan, receiving specialized care and support (Psalm 82:3-4).
  2. Share the Word of God: ECSPE distributed over 1100 Bibles to persecuted Christians and nonbelievers, bringing hope and comfort in the aftermath of the Jaranwala Incident (Romans 10:17).
  3. Breaking the Chain: Despite challenges, ECSPE successfully rescued 54 families (196 individuals) from modern-day slavery in Pakistan, intensifying efforts with renewed focus and resources (Isaiah 61:1).

ECSPE‘s initiatives reflect our biblical mandate to support the persecuted (Matthew 25:40).The call-to-action echoes loud and clear: stand united against injustice, advocate for religious freedom, and be instruments of God’s transformative grace.

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