At CBC we are acknowledge – and offer prayer and practical support – for the estimated three quarters of the world’s population who live in countries with severe restrictions on religious freedom.
It’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world.
We support the organisations which back persecuted Christians – supplying Bibles, Christian materials, training, livelihood skills, advocacy and acting in other ways to help them know they are not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities.
We aim to highlight the needs of Christian ‘family’ in dozens of countries, who are deprived of the opportunity to live out their faith in the way in which we are free to do.
In some cases, persecution of these Christian brothers and sisters leads to imprisonment, often in the harshest conditions, discrimination, deprivation – and even death. Today there are people who will lose their life because they will not renounce their belief in the Living God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
In November in particular, our mission board, prayer and parts of the service focus on the Suffering Church – drawing on resources from support organisations such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Release, Open Doors and Release International – marking Persecuted Church Sunday.
Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, has spoken several times at CBC recently about his organisation, FRRME’s, relief work among Iraqi refugees in Jordan, the internally displaced people of Iraq (IDPs) and continued peace and reconciliation work in Israel and Palestine.