Religious freedom around the world is at stake

Christians around the world are enduring severe persecution — far beyond anything we can imagine here in America.

But, the good news is that you are in a unique position to help these Christians who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel.

A challenge grant up to $2 million from a generous Christian family will help to further the impact of your gift to fund the international defense of religious freedom and win justice for persecuted Christians.

Our brothers and sisters are in danger

Intolerance toward Christians is steadily increasing in many parts of the world. And all too often, the stakes are literally life and death. In just one recent example, an Iranian man who fled to Sweden to escape persecution was denied refuge — despite the fact that, in his home country, converting from Islam to Christianity is a crime punishable by death.

The man, known as F.G. because his identity must be protected, took his case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights to avoid being forcibly returned to his home country. Thanks be to God, ADF International was able to help him.

But this is not the only example of Christians who need a defense for their faith  — and even sometimes for their safety. Too many others — like Marijam — also live in fear for their lives and the lives of their families.

We must help them.

Many fear they will lose their lives

Marijam* was visiting her brother Jakub in a small village in northern Iraq when terrorists stormed into his house. “They made his children watch,” she says, as she describes the brutal beating he received … simply because his family is Christian. 

Fearing that the terrorists would attack his wife and children next, Jakub resisted, hoping against hope that he would be able to protect his family. 

But the terrorists only got angrier, until at last, they threatened, “We will crucify you!” 

From six in the evening until eleven o’clock at night, the terrorists kicked Jakub and spat on him. They tore off his clothes. He was beaten with sticks that had a nail driven through one end.

In a cruel re-creation of Christ’s suffering, the terrorists nailed Jakub’s hands to a wooden beam and erected a makeshift cross. And then, with his family still forced to watch the horrifying scene, they shot him in the mouth, finally killing him.

It was only by God’s grace that Jakub’s wife and children escaped to a secret location where ISIS can’t touch them.

But that is not enough. For this family — and for tens of thousands of families in Iraq and other countries where Christians are being brutally persecuted — justice is needed.

Will you help make sure that justice is done?

Persecution is not the only threat

Across the globe, hostility is growing toward the Christian faith.

  • French authorities filed charges for “hate crimes” against two members of an evangelical church after the men distributed a pamphlet entitled Delivered from Homosexuality that featured the personal testimony of a man whose life had changed after his conversion.
  • A pastor in Canada was brought before a human rights tribunal, ordered to pay damages, and told to publically apologize for writing a letter to the editor of a large daily newspaper criticizing school textbooks that promote same-sex marriage.
  • A woman in Bulgaria was arrested and her religious materials were confiscated for holding private religious meetings in her home. Two decades later, she finally got justice — but for 20 years her fundamental rights were denied!

It is because of cases like these that defending religious freedom beyond our borders is no longer optional.

ADF International is building a strong team to defend religious freedom around the world.

Your religious freedom is also being targeted

The threat may seem distant because it comes from other countries. But please do not overlook it. Religious freedom opponents in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere use many of the same tactics to attack religious freedom and prevent Christians from living out their faith. We must not underestimate the impact foreign law can have on the U.S.

More and more U.S. judges — and even some of our U.S. Supreme Court justices — are showing deference to rulings made in foreign courts. Opponents of religious freedom, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will absolutely exploit this.

As they have done in the past, the ACLU could submit briefs to U.S. courts urging judges and justices to rewrite the U.S. Constitution and align it with radical foreign court decisions.

But your gift today will help provide a strong defense for religious freedom … around the world, and here in America, too.

The power of the challenge grant will help to further the impact of your gift!

Your support could help save religious freedom

With God’s grace and your help, we’ve shown that we can effectively defend religious freedom at the highest international levels.

There is still much work to do, but the results speak for themselves — 274 international legal victories for religious freedom, including 16 at the highly influential European Court of Human Rights.

Please give generously today. Meeting the $2 million challenge would provide a solid foundation to fight critical legal battles. Thank you!

*Names changed for security reasons