BGEA to Hold World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians

By   •   August 2, 2016   •   Topics:

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” —Hebrews 13:3

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will hold a World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C., on May 10-13, 2017.

Hundreds of evangelical leaders from about 100 countries will come together to talk about the mass persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and other regions of the world.

“It seems that every week we learn of another example from a part of the globe that shows how critically we need to have this World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians,” Franklin Graham said Tuesday in a post on .

Rev. Viktor Hamm, Vice President of Crusade Ministries with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) said this summit will allow the ministry “to support those who are persecuted [and] call the attention of the world to the fact of persecution.”

“If one part of the body suffers, everyone suffers, and we are responsible for our brothers and sisters,” Hamm said. “And [Christians] should have taken that responsibility years ago.”

Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ, according to the United States Department of State. This abuse can include beatings, physical torture, imprisonment, severe punishment, isolation, rape and even death.

These types of attacks on such a large scale are unprecedented in modern history, as noted by Franklin Graham, who said 2015 was “just reported in the media as the worst year for Christian persecution.”

He added that “more than twice as many Christians were killed for their faith than in the previous year—making it the worst in history since these statistics have been tracked.”

About 150 persecuted Christians are expected to attend the summit and many will share their stories during breakout sessions.

Among other features, the summit will include a gallery of faith showing the history of persecution in pictures. In addition, there will be a large arch with screens scrolling the names of thousands of Christian martyrs, “a living reminder of our heritage of the church,” Hamm said.

“The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis,” Franklin Graham said. “We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place.

“Will you pray with us for this historic summit?”

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  1. Deng Majok Chol says:

    I am so looking forward to participating in this crucial event of our lifetime. Because I am a follower of Christ, I suffered under the yoke of Sharia law of Khartoum Government for a long time.

  2. Bob Sloan says:

    As a supporter of both the BGEA and VOM, I’m wondering if your two organizations are coordinating your efforts in preparation for the upcoming “World Summit” in May.
    Thank you,
    Bob Sloan

  3. Joshua says:

    God Bless you all!! Will this be LIVE over facebook? it would be awesome to watch this.

  4. dennis mcmahon says:

    Please send updates/further news releases /and other information on the summit on persecuted Christians.

  5. Linda Bayless says:

    I will be praying for the World Summit. May the church rise up in defense of our persecuted brothers and sisters.

  6. Joseph Singh says:

    Please update me on the world summit on the persecution christian.

  7. Ronald Keener says:

    The work of BGEA, Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors, and others is so needed and important. Bring together all groups and persons engaged in this work can have a huge impact. I hope your will invite top officials of the new administration and the President as well. They might see this as an opportunity to move mightily in this area. I so look forward to hearing Franklin Graham speak. I trust fees will be kept low so that retired people on fixed income, many of whom are involved in fighting persecution, can consider coming. Early hotel accommodations information would help.

  8. jane alderman says:

    I am so proud of BGEA & it’s efforts to reach those who have never heard of Jesus Christ as well as those being persecuted for their faith!! May God continue to bless all involved in this effort.

  9. Sharon Faulkner says:

    Provide extra seats. If this Election goes the wrong way there could be more Persecuted Christians there than you anticipate.

  10. King B. Johnson says:

    This is beautiful and right on time God bless the Graham family legacy and got bless everybody who will support this take time out of their life and days to support this because this is the most important thing this is no time to be ordinary this is a time to be exceptional in Jesus name mighty Holy and extraordinary!) Amen!-)

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