The Australian office of Aid to the Church in Need has launched a global campaign titled Modern Martyrs Heroes of the Faith to raise funds to support persecuted Christians around the world.
The campaign shares six powerful and inspiring stories of modern martyrdom from Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and China.
Four of the six stories of modern martyrdom include moving video testimonies from the friends and community members that these martyrs were forced to leave behind.
Through the campaign Aid to the Church in Need aims to raise funds for the persecuted Church supporting projects that will keep the faith alive, in honour of these six modern martyrs.
These donations will continue the legacies left by these faithful men and women of God by supporting ACN projects that include: forming seminarians, supporting religious sisters, training catechists, rebuilding churches (to name a few). This will ensure that their ultimate sacrifice can continue to bear fruit despite persecution and oppression.
"I believe this campaign puts before each of us two matters,” said Bernard Toutounji, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Australia.
“First, is the invitation to pray that our own faith will be strengthened and made as strong as that of the martyrs, even if we are never tested in that way. Second, is the invitation to consider what we can offer from the fruit of our labours to ensure that in those places where the faith is ripe - where blood has been spilt for Christ – the resources exist to nurture and grow the faith,” Mr Toutounji said.
Modern Martyrs Heroes of the Faith (Aid to the Church in Need)