For Immediate Release | March 18, 2019
Moving and Heartbreaking Exhibit Titled ‘The People of the Cross’ Will Also Be Part of NRB Convention in Anaheim, California, March 26-29
WASHINGTON—Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) leaders will be a part of the upcoming National Religious Broadcasters “Proclaim19” Convention in Anaheim, California.
First, leaders from Save the Persecuted Christians, which advocates on behalf of 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide by disseminating actionable information about how Americans can help, will address attendees just before a “Public Policy Super Session” the afternoon of the Convention’s opening day.
WHO: Save the Persecuted Christians
WHAT: National Religious Broadcasters Convention
WHERE: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
WHEN: March 26-29, 2019
- STPC president and CEO Frank Gaffney will address the crowd just before the “Public Policy Super Session” from 3 to 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, March 26. The panel, moderated by Fox News’ Todd Starnes, will feature: the Hon. Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large, International Religious Freedom; Brad W. Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute; Joe Kennedy, high school football coach; Michael LeMay, Q90 FM Christian Radio; and Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty Institute. David and Jason Benham, best-selling authors, speakers and entrepreneurs, will emcee.
WHY: To share information about the plight of 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide
HOW: Learn more and register for NRB here.
Also at NRB, Save the Persecuted Christians will display “The People of the Cross,” a heartbreaking and moving exhibit that features images, facts and quotes from recent news stories about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries. The exhibit will be available for the thousands of attendees to view all week, March 26-29.
Panels detail persecution in 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; Nigeria where two of the world’s most violent terrorist groups surround and slaughter entire villages of Christians; China, where Communists are increasingly hostile to people of faith and churches are demolished; and Mexico, where priests are being executed. A majority of the countries highlighted in the banners are high on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List.
After debuting last summer at the U.S. Capitol as a side event to the U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, this series of vertical, traveling banners has toured the nation, exposing tens of thousands to powerful messages concerning the horrific character and widespread nature of anti-Christian persecution. “The People of the Cross” exhibit is available for churches, public venues and special events. To learn more about hosting “The People of the Cross,” contact Save the Persecuted Christians or visit the website, where all the panels are available to view online.
Save the Persecuted Christians will also have a booth (#345) at the NRB Proclaim19 Expo for the week. STPC Executive Director Dede Laugesen will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the organization for the duration of the convention. STPC will also give a presentation titled “Persecuted for Christ!” in the exhibit’s Learning Arena from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. PT Wednesday, March. 27.
The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by holding the persecutors accountable and creating costs for their crimes against humanity. To that end, it will disseminate actionable information about the magnitude of such crimes and bring to bear a movement of concerned Americans determined to hold persecutors accountable for such crimes and create real costs for perpetrating them against those who follow Jesus.
According to Aid to the Church in Need, which released its biannual report on Religious Freedom in the World in November, over 300 million Christians experience persecution. According to Open Doors USA World Watch List, 245 million Christians are victims of high to extreme levels of persecution (i.e., torture, rape, sex-slavery, expulsion, murder and genocide), an increase of 14 percent over 2018. Open Doors also estimates 1 in 9 of the world’s Christians experience persecution and that every month: 345 Christians are killed, often in public and without regard to gender or age; 219 Christians are abducted and imprisoned indefinitely without trial; and 106 churches are demolished.
Because most of these crimes are not covered in the media, Save the Persecuted Christians developed a dedicated news aggregator—www.ChristianPersecutionNews.com—to capture current instances of persecution and to provide readers an easy way to share these heartbreaking stories with others.
With so much of the world’s Christian population being attacked, imprisoned and/or exiled for their beliefs, the need has never been greater 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 endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.
Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102
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