This autumn, Open Doors shared an urgent request from Christians in the Middle East. They asked you to ‘tell your government’ about their suffering. An amazing 16,485 of you responded and signed a letter to our government.
Written in partnership with Christians in Syria and Iraq, the letter calls on the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development to:
• ensure aid reaches those who need it most • help regional powers ideologically counter extremism and promote religious freedom • invest in the long-term political and socio-economic future of the region.
Remarkably, among the number who signed the letter was the Department for International Development Minister for the Middle East, Desmond Swayne, who read it, announced that it ‘sounds sensible’ and added his own signature! We presented the letter to Nick Abbott, Head of Strategy for the Middle East and North Africa within the Foreign Office. We have also brought the petition to the Irish government, bringing the same action points to Charles Flanagan TD, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Nine other Open Doors teams from around the world urged their governments to take action too.
We will continue this important work, which you have made possible, raising these calls with those who have the power to make a difference for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
INVITE YOUR MP TO WWL LAUNCH
On 13 January, the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List will be launched in the Houses of Parliament. So far, over 2500 supporters have invited their MP to the meeting and 42 MPs have already said that they will attend!
If you have yet to invite your MP, there’s still time! Please email them by 11 January. This parliamentary and press launch will enable us to show the true breadth and severity of persecution faced by Christians around the world to those who have the ability to make a difference and can spread the message far and wide. Make sure your MP is there to hear this – invite them today!
Our passion to ‘speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable’ (Proverbs 31: 8) and to see ‘justice roll on like a river’ (Amos 5:24) never tires. Thank you for partnering in and praying alongside this vital work. We look forward to continuing to speak up with you on behalf of, and alongside, the persecuted church – just as our ‘advocate…on high’ (Job 16:19) speaks out for us.