Martyred Christians Honored in March for the Martyrs in U.S.

                               (Washington D.C.)

Christians who have been persecuted for their faith were honored last Saturday at Washington D.C. At the event titled March for the Martyrs, several Christians gathered for what they described as ‘’rising up as one voice for the persecuted Church.’’

The event had various speakers including social media personality Jacob Coyne, and host of the podcast ‘’Relatable’’ Allie Beth Stuckey. Likewise, worship leader Sean Feucht was also present.

Gia Chacon, the founder of non-profit organization, For The Martyrs, hosted the event. It had about 1,000 Christians from across the United States converging at the National Mall for a kick-off rally.

Thereafter, they had a prayer walk to the White House. They also had an evening event tagged "Night for the Martyrs’ which was held at the JW Marriott hotel.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Chacon said, "I think now more than ever, it's important that Christians across all denominations gather together as one unified voice. It's so important that we're standing up now, as brothers and sisters in Christ in the United States, being a voice for our persecuted brothers and sisters."

Besides, Chacon applauded President Joe Biden for becoming "the first United States president to recognize the Armenian genocide." However, she would like that more measures are taken to protect Christians who are minorities in other countries.

According to Chacon, the March of the Martyrs was triggered by the findings of the Open Doors USA which stated that the persecution of Christians increased by 30 percent last year.

She added that her decision to organize the event in Washington D.C. is to send a message across as regards the global increase of Christian persecution. Her message would not just get to the Body of Christ in general; the Biden administration would also get their message.

"We're marching for the over 340 million Christians around the world who suffer for the name of Jesus. We're marching for the people who lay down their lives every single day to go to church, to own a Bible. To even say that they believe in Jesus, in some countries, is illegal," she informed the attendees at the event.

Another statistics of Open Door USA said that the number of Christians martyred for their faith in the year 2020 increased by 60 percent. These were enough reasons for Chacon to gather Christians to embark on the march.

"If Christians continue to be persecuted for their faith, why does this issue have so much silence around it? Why does the world remain silent as Christians are targeted and executed for their faith in Christ?" she asked.

The March of the Martyrs was first organized by Chacon in Long Beach, California, in September 2020. This was as a result of restrictions imposed on churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

She stated that she has a plan of making the March of the Martyrs a yearly event in Washington D.C.

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