Campaign of letters, support for persecuted Church

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has launched a "Defending Freedoms" project urging other members of Congress to get on board with human rights issues.

Through the Defending Freedoms project, members of Congress will adopt prisoners of conscience whose human rights and religious freedoms are being violated, write letters to them, and publicly advocate for them. Wolf says he has done it, and then traveled to their countries to visit with the prisoner to learn they were better treated because of the letters.


"That's what we're trying to do, and yet it's really hard to get people to do it," he tells OneNewsNow. "For some reason, the Church in the West has really gone silent. They just don't speak out for the persecuted Christians around the world."

Wolf, who co-chairs the sponsoring Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, adds the Church has a bigger obligation than government officials to call Christians into action on behalf of the persecuted Church.

"I would love the Church to adopt persecuted Christians," he says. "I mean, you have Catholic bishops and Protestant pastors in jail in China, and nobody even knows who they are and nobody says anything. You have Iraqi Christians who speak the same language Jesus did -- the Aramaic language -- and you can't even get people in the West to advocate for them."

But Wolf has a solution. He is asking people to contact his office to learn the name and address of someone who is being persecuted, write a letter of encouragement to them, and then send courtesy copies to their representatives in Congress, encouraging them to jump on the bandwagon and adopt their own prisoner of conscience.

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