A ministry that supports believers in more than 60 countries is encouraging the Church to step forward and bless persecuted Christians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open Doors works to equip Christians and their pastors in areas of the world where believers are persecuted. David Curry, who heads the USA office, tells OneNewsNow Christians in Asia are among those being overlooked during the pandemic.
"They're denying them food and water … on a regular basis," he reports. "They're always the last to get food rations because they're considered enemies of the state. So that coronavirus response, or lack of it, is even more difficult for Christians in that community."
Curry challenges believers in America to think beyond their own isolation to prevent the spread of the virus.
"Now that we've got a taste of what a little bit of isolation feels like, we can begin to get the picture of what persecuted Christians face every single day," he submits. "There's 250 million-plus Christians who live in extreme persecution or oppression because of their faith."
Open Doors is working to mobilize local churches to stand with the ministry in doing everything they can to be the Church during a time such as this -- providing a rapid response to help with any physical needs of the faith community.