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Suffering Church Action Week


ISLAMABAD: Barnabas Fund is urging Churches around the world to support Christian children in persecuting countries of the world.


Children of sidelined Christian community in Pakistan
Children of sidelined Christian community in Pakistan

Barnabas Fund is asking the Church to come together around Christian children who are growing up in such parts of the world that are antagonistic to Christianity; where they are counted as a part of the ill-treated and impoverished minority.

The organisation, which supports mistreated Christians, is urging believers to support the next generation in the suffering Church with their prayers. For this purpose, free resources have been composed to facilitate Churches and individuals take action on their behalf through Barnabas Fund’s Suffering Church Action Week 2013 scheduled from 27 October to 3 November, 2013.
The week includes a “worldwide Day of Prayer” on Friday 1 November, whereas
Barnabas Fund has already cautioned that the stirring of the Arab Spring had brought a reinforcement of Islamism and weakening in conditions for persecuted Christian minorities in such countries.
It said Christian children growing up in this context “will need to be courageous in the years ahead”. “When Christians are persecuted, it is often children who suffer most acutely,” said Barnabas Fund. “They are easy targets for violence or injustice. Persecuted Christian children are often subject to aggression at school, discrimination in exams and pressure to convert to the majority religion.”
Nevertheless, it concluded that even Christian youngsters in Western countries were in definite need of prayer to “stand firm in their faith at a time when it is being publicly undermined and marginalised”.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said: “Christian children need protecting, teaching and strengthening in their faith to stand amid persecution.”By providing for children’s spiritual and material needs, supporting suffering families and resources to the persecuted Church today, we are helping to raise a new generation of courageous Christians.”
“Please make a note of the dates for our “Suffering Church Action Week” and start to think about how you and your Church can get involved in this important campaign,” he wrapped up.