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Saving Persecuted Christians: Vital Initiatives in 2019, Redoubled Efforts in 2020

‘SaveUs’ Movement Building Capacity to Raise Awareness, Hold Persecutors Accountable

December 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As 2019 closes, Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) looks back at a year of accomplishments and expects in the year ahead that its vital mission will be even more needed: educating Americans on the growing persecution of Christians in a record number of countries worldwide and complementing and enhancing the work of others seeking to aid those suffering such persecution. STPC strives to do the latter in a systemic way—by holding the perpetrators accountable and by creating real costs to them for their crimes against humanity.

Launched in 2018 as an informal coalition, Save the Persecuted Christians evolved in 2019 into its own non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation working with, representing and empowering coalition members that now include nearly 200 non-governmental organizations and faith groups.

“Save the Persecuted Christians is extraordinarily appreciative of the solidarity and partnership of the coalition that gave rise to this initiative and whose members do so much on behalf of oppressed followers of Jesus,” said STPC President and CEO Frank J. Gaffney. “Their efforts are, unfortunately, more necessary than ever—and require them to be redoubled in 2020.”

That commitment is compelled by these horrific insights: More than 80% of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedoms are restricted. And of those being persecuted for their faith globally, 80% are Christians. According to Aid to the Church in Need, an STPC coalition partner, an estimated 327 million Christians are persecuted for their faithroughly equal to the number of men, women and children currently living in the United States. Another STPC partner, Open Doors USA, estimates that at least 245 million Christians are being heavily persecuted. That means they are subject to rape, torture, enslavement, banishment and murder, sometimes on a genocidal scale.

“On average, 11 people are killed every day because they follow Christ,” STPC Executive Director Dede Laugesen observed. “Most importantly, the trend is moving in the wrong direction. Open Doors USA has concluded that there are 30 million more Christians who were heavily persecuted this year than in 2018. Clearly, much more must be done.”

To that end, Save the Persecuted Christians seeks to establish a powerful national grassroots movement. To date, thousands of Americans have joined STPC in giving voice in both government counsels and media circles, domestically and internationally, to those who are brutalized simply because they follow Jesus.

Specific areas of impact for Save the Persecuted Christians in 2019 included the following:

With so much of the world’s Christian population being attacked, imprisoned and/or exiled for their beliefs, the need has never been more urgent for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians will be working in 2020 to provide American policymakers with the palpable popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and to alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.


To interview a Save the Persecuted Christians representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.