As Christians in Afghanistan fight for their lives, Christians in America walk and pray in Washington, DC
More … than 340 million people around the world are persecuted for practicing their Christian faith – making it the largest persecuted religious group. In solidarity with them and to help raise their awareness, the The 2nd Annual Martyrs’ March will be held in Washington, DC on September 25, 2021.
This is the first time that the month of March, hosted by For the martyrs, will be held in the capital of our country.
âWe are all seeing what is going on in Afghanistan right now. Christians are hunted down and killed. It is happening in so many other countries around the world, and so few people are talking about it. That’s why we chose to move the March of the Martyrs to Washington, DC, âsaid Gia Chacon, President of For the Martyrs.
“More than 1000 participants, dressed in red, will march for and with all Christian denominations and people of good will”, added Chacon. âI believe we can all unite around this cause – with one voice – as the body of Christ in the United States defending our persecuted brothers and sisters. “
The march will begin with a rally on the National Mall. From there, participants will follow a route to the National Mall, in front of the White House and ends with the Night of the Martyrs at the JW Marriott hotel. There, participants will hear testimonies from persecuted Christians and those who defend them.
The persecution of Christians is largely ignored by the media and often overlooked within faith communities. For this reason, For the Martyrs is on a mission to put Christian persecution at the forefront of the struggle for human rights.
In addition to Ms. Chacon, speakers include:
The founder of Nasarean.org, Fr. BenoÃ®t Kiely
Open Doors USA President David Curry
Chinese defector and founder of ChinaAid, Bob Fu
Musician and speaker, Sean Feucht
In defense of Christians president, Toufic Baaklini
Former US Commissioner for International Religious Freedom Reverend Johnnie Moore
Reliable podcast host, Allie Beth Stuckey
For this year’s event, The Catholic Connect Foundation, Open Doors USA, In Defense of Christians, Liberty University’s Freedom Center and Students for Life have signed as official co-sponsors.
âThe people of Jesus, from all different walks of life, should come together for those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered for their faith in Jesus. The March for Martyrs is the time to make our collective voice heard, âsaid David Curry of Open Doors USA.
The March of the Martyrs made history on September 5, 2020 (pictured above), when hundreds of Christians of all faiths marched in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. It was and continues to be the first and only large-scale march in the United States representing persecuted Christians.
The march is organized by For the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness of the crisis of Christian persecution, defend religious freedom, and come to the aid of suffering Christians around the world. It was created in 2019.
Gia Chacon is a humanitarian and motivational speaker and founding president of For the Martyrs. She began her humanitarian efforts in 2017 and has since traveled to Central America, East Africa and throughout the Middle East.
Complete media kit with quotes from participating speakers.
For the martyrs
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