VIRTUAL EVENT – Save the Persecuted Christians, Coalition Partners Lead Special Hour of Prayer Today for Nigeria

Save the Persecuted Christians April 21, 2020

Group Continues to Call for Special Envoy to Nigeria, as Organization Leaders Set to Meet with Trump Administration Officials

WASHINGTON—Nigeria is in the middle of a Christian genocide. While COVID-19 runs rampant throughout the globe, diverting the focus from nearly everything else, innocent people in Nigeria are being brutally killed every day due to terrorism.

Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), which advocates on behalf of hundreds of millions of Christians facing heavy persecution worldwide, is joining with coalition partners the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), Mission Africa International, the International Organization for Peacemaking and Social Justice, and the Institute on Religion and Democracy for a special virtual prayer gathering today.

WHO:      Save the Persecuted Christians and coalition partners

WHAT:    Special hour of prayer for Nigeria for Christian persecution and for the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Nigeria

WHERE:  Zoom info is online at; the event will be livestreamed to

WHEN:    2 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 21

WHY:       To pray for Christians suffering in Nigeria, for an upcoming important meeting between an STPC/ICON leader and that a U.S. Special Envoy will be appointed soon

HOW:      Join with others in prayer at link, where the prayer session will be livestreamed.

Learn about Christian persecution in Nigeria more at

“We thank the Lord that COVID-19 has, for the most part, remained under some sort of control in Nigeria, but are growing increasingly concerned due to the acceleration of attacks by Boko Haram and the Fulani militants,” said Dede Laugesen, STPC executive director. “Since the beginning of March, terrorists have killed 366 people (see Silent Slaughter Incidence Tracker) in Kaduna, Plateau and Benue States. Over 1,000 have been killed so far this year. The 2020 numbers are way up. A U.K. NGO reported a total of 1,000 deaths in 2019. This, particularly in comparison to the 21 lives lost due to COVID-19, is astonishing and unacceptable.”

For several months, Save the Persecuted Christians and ICON have called for a U.S. special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region because of extreme and heightened violence there.In January, the groups delivered an open letter to President Donald Trump about the urgent need.

This week, Laugesen reported, Stephen Enada of ICON will again engage with senior members of the Trump administration to discuss the atrocities in Nigeria and, again, emphasize the need of the envoy to combat the massacre.

“The situation in Nigeria is critical,” Enada said. “Nigeria is imploding fast. We need to take action now before the situation gets worse.”

The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.

With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, such as Christians in Nigeria, 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 systemicallythe suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.


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