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Showing solidarity with persecuted believers worldwide

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/28/18, 11:30 am

More than 160 churches, schools, and government buildings around the world are glowing red on Wednesday in solidarity with persecuted Christians. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide organized the annual Red Wednesday campaign to encourage supporters to pray, wear red, or light their buildings with red lights, the color that represents martyrdom.

At least 164 groups registered in support of the event, according to ACN’s website. Many of the participating buildings were in the United Kingdom, where the British Houses of Parliament will be lit red in solidarity. Participants from other countries include the Scottish Parliament Building, the Parish of Calvary–St. George’s in New York, and churches in Ireland and Australia. High Street Methodist Church in Harpenden, England, shared a photo on Twitter of its altar glowing red, and said they were praying “for our brothers and sisters worldwide who are unable to freely live out their faith.” At Saint John Bosco College Battersea in London, students bought red glasses supplied by ACN. The proceeds will help send Christmas gift boxes to children in Syria. On Wednesday evening, ACN will hold prayers and a candlelight procession, among other events, in London to mark the day.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • Doug Olson
    Posted: Wed, 11/28/2018 08:22 pm

    Good evening,

    I read a number of Christian organizations "newsletters" and did not hear a 'word' about this event until today, November 28, 2018, the actual day of the "Showing solidarity with persecuted believers worldwide" event. Did 'anyone' organize for this event in the United States? Who? This is far too important an event for Christians in the United States not to know about and participate in with other Christians around the world!!

    Doug Olson

  • PH
    Posted: Wed, 11/28/2018 11:00 pm

    I agree. This is the first I have heard of this. I hope moving forward that this will be advertised in advance. Dang...I wore grey all day!

  • Pastor Russ
    Posted: Thu, 11/29/2018 01:41 am

    I have never heard of this event and even looked at both organizations websites mentioned in the article and there is nothing about it on either site.  I think it's a great idea, but we can't do anything without knowledge of it or information on what people can do.