Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition Encourages Believers to Send Letters to Nigerian Widows
Orange Letter Campaign Seeks to Uplift Widows Who Have Been Devastated by Persecution and Violent Attacks in Nigeria
WASHINGTON—A member organization of the Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition, which advocates on behalf of the 215 million persecuted Christians around the globe, is organizing an initiative where the faithful can reach out to their persecuted sisters in Christ in a very tangible way.
Uncharted Ministries is working with the STPC Coalition, Voice of the Martyrs—another Coalition member—and the American Family Association to deliver notes of encouragement to persecuted widows in Nigeria for the 2018 Orange Letter Campaign.
Christians can write letters this Christmas season to these precious widows who have experienced a heartbreaking onslaught of persecution launched against them by two of the world’s most dangerous Muslim terrorist groups known as the Fulani Militia and Boko Haram. These attacks have left villages devastated, thousands of houses and churches leveled, land confiscated, and Christian women and girls kidnapped.
“The Nigerian widow situation is one of the most severe examples of Christian persecution in the world today,” Uncharted Ministries reported.
Added Dede Laugesen, director of the Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition, “Our Coalition is an alliance of many remarkable people and groups like Uncharted Ministries, who initiated the Orange Letter Campaign to bring hope and encouragement to the persecuted. Save the Persecuted Christians supports this campaign and invites everyone to visit our website for a link to the Orange Letter Campaign. This year’s endeavor to gather letters of love for Nigerian widows is vitally important. Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling the violence happening there ‘pure genocide.’ Let us together stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Christ and give them tangible proof of our love for them by writing a letter of hope.”
Notes of encouragement for the Orange Letter Campaign will be translated into the readers’ languages. Uncharted Ministries is suggesting letters filled with Scripture, prayer and encouragement so that the Nigerian widows may hear the Word of God to speak to their hearts. Over the past three years, the Orange Letter Campaign also delivered letters to Christians in Egypt, Syria and North Korea.
Those wishing to send letters may do so by visiting unchartedministries.com/orangeletter or www.SavethePersecutedChristians.org and clicking on the “Orange Letter Campaign” tab. Visitors to the STPC site can also find information about sending Christmas gifts to refugees, sponsoring “The People of the Cross” exhibit, supporting a state resolution or joining the Coalition.
The Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition seeks to bring awareness about these persecuted widows and others like them in several ways, one of which is the “The People of the Cross” exhibit, a series of vertical traveling banners that details Christian persecution in various countries around the world.
Banners feature images, facts and quotes from recent news stories about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries, such as North Korea, where Christians are tortured or worse; Syria, where Christian girls and women have been sold into sex slavery; East Africa, where terrorists are exterminating Christians with genocidal intent; and China, where Communists are increasingly hostile to people of faith and churches and shrines are being demolished.
The Nigeria banner shares the shocking fact that the Christian Association of Nigeria reports that more than 6,000 Christians—mostly women, children and the elderly—were murdered in the first half of 2018.
“Human rights groups describe Muslim Fulani and Boko Haram jihadi attacks as ‘war by Islam to eliminate Christianity,’” the banner on Nigeria reads. “Unhindered by Nigeria’s leaders, who are Islamists, these attacks threaten to cleanse Nigeria of Christians—roughly half the population.”
The exhibit was designed with the help of a consultant to the national Holocaust museum and premiered in July at the U.S. Capitol for lawmakers as a side event to the first ever U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Since then, the exhibit has been touring the United States and is available for display in many states.
The STPC Coalition works diligently to disseminate actionable information about ways in which Americans can help Christians worldwide who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ. Especially in light of immense global oppression, raising awareness about Christian persecution is crucial, as violence toward and imprisonment of Christians occurs so routinely it rarely makes the news.
For example, according to Open Doors, 255 Christians are killed worldwide every month. 104 Christians are abducted. 180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage. 160 Christians are detained or imprisoned without trial. And 66 churches are attacked. Every month.
With such staggering statistics, and the knowledge that most of these crimes are not covered in the media, the STPC Coalition developed a dedicated news aggregator—www.ChristianPersecutionNews.com—to capture current instances of persecution that do make the news and to provide readers an easy way to share these heartbreaking stories with others.
One of the simple and economical ways Americans can render support is by encouraging their pastors and faith leaders to visit www.SavethePersecutedChristians.org and to order a free banner to display in front of their houses of worship. These simple banners feature a graphic “Save Us” plea with a cross and the coalition’s website where Americans can learn about the global persecution of Christians and find out more about what they can do to help stop it.
With so much of the world’s population attacked, imprisoned or exiled for their beliefs—such as Nigerian widows and the Christians featured in “The People of the Cross” exhibit—the need for the sort of movement the STPC Coalition is working to foster has never been greater. Its efforts are modeled after a campaign that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution, Soviet Jews, by holding its persecutors in the Kremlin accountable and imposing real costs for its repression of people of faith. The Coalition’s movement in our time aims to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate the suffering of those persecuted simply because they follow Jesus Christ.