Today's action is also from from NCOSE and targets Roku, this time by contacting advertisers and urging them to remove their ads from Roku.
From the link below scroll down to "Tell Advertisers to Pull Their Ads from Roku" on the left-hand side.
Earlier this month we took action against Roku's streaming of hardcore pornography by emailing Roku executives. This, courtesy of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and its "Dirty Dozen" list of the top twelve enablers of sexual exploitation.
Today's action is also from from NCOSE and targets Roku, this time by contacting advertisers and urging them to remove their ads from Roku.
From the link below scroll down to "Tell Advertisers to Pull Their Ads from Roku" on the left-hand side.
Take part in the "greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in 14 centuries." Join in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, during Ramadan, May 6 - June 4. Order prayer booklets here:
Today's action is from WorldChristian.com:
"The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, is an international movement that began in 1993. It calls the church to make a deliberate but respectful effort to learn about, pray for and reach out to our world’s Muslim neighbors. It coincides annually with the important Islamic month of religious observation — Ramadan, a time of the year when Muslims are much more deeply aware of spiritual matters.
While Media sound bites about Islamic extremism can too easily incite anger, fear and even hatred towards Muslims, we seek to resist this temptation to generalize, and instead, resolve to respond and pray with the mind and heart of Christ.
Join the millions of Christians around the world, and churches and ministries from many denominations, who regularly participate in this largest ongoing prayer focus on the Muslim world. A new full-color prayer guide booklet — available each year in both adult and kids versions — is a proven tool to help Christians to understand and to persistently pray for Muslim neighbors and nations.
Each year a new illustrated prayer guide booklet is published in a number of languages and locations around the world (see the list on our international site). The booklet contains daily readings that focus on various topics, people groups and geographical areas of the Islamic world; each day’s subject focus is followed by prayer points. It also features informative background articles and resources for involvement."
Today's action comes from International Christian Concern:
"Since their inception, the Iranian Revolutionary Courts have been used to actively oppress Christians and other minority religious groups in Iran. The decisions of these courts often subject religious minorities to inhumane living conditions, torture, and imprisonment.
The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act allows the President to apply sanctions to major human rights offenders. This is a crucial law that allows the government to limit those who abuse their positions of power and deter potential human right abusers.
We invite you to sign this petition urging President Trump to impose sanctions on three Iranian judges who have a lengthy history of human rights abuses against Christians and other religious minorities in Iran.
Hagia Sophia was historically one of the greatest Christian churches and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and museum. Turkey wants to turn it into a mosque. Urge UNESCO to issue a statement opposing this:
Today's action comes from In Defense of Christians and Hellenic American Leadership Council:
"Turkey's authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again stated his desire to turn the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Currently, Hagia Sophia is a museum. As a World Heritage Site, it is open to all and appreciated for its stunning architecture and history, including its history as a Byzantine era basilica. But Erdogan is now again adding his voice to the movement to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying in a March interview that it was possible to "change its name from museum to Hagia Sophia Mosque."
The Greek government has responded:
"It is not only a great temple of Christendom — the largest for many centuries — it also belongs to humanity. It has been recognized by UNESCO as part of our global cultural heritage," Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos said.
This is just the latest in a series of attempts to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The Turkish government has already supported recent prayers at Hagia Sophia, and other government officials are on record as saying that the museum should be converted.
Send a letter to UNESCO demanding that it issue a statement in support of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The more attention we bring to this "creeping conversion" of Hagia Sophia, the more likely it will be that we will succeed in protecting and preserving this historic site."
Today's action is from Enough is Enough and CitizenGo:
"April 2, 2019, petition update
Enough Is Enough’s national media campaign including the 10,000-plus signed petitions sent to Notre Dame President Rev. Jenkins resulted in this disappointing and seemingly dismissive 3-sentence letter response that stated, in part:
“Although we do not believe a mandatory filter is the best solution for us, we are taking steps to encourage students and others to adopt filters voluntarily.”
The “voluntarily opt-in” suggestion does nothing to resolve the issues at hand nor the original request to filter university WiFi from pornography and child pornography
What college student will take the time to voluntarily establish their own filters, should they wish, when they arrive on campus? And why would the leader of an academic institution – albeit a faith-based university-- ignore pleas from the men of Notre Dame who are calling for these filters to stand up for the dignity of women? What about the plea’s to protect students and others from viewing illegal child pornography, and preserving the dignity and rights of the children portrayed in these horrific images?
Notre Dame male students stated in their original letter: “On the consumption end, pornography is associated with a host of issues: addiction, child sexual abuse, divorce, male fertility problems, sexual assault and the acceptance, normalization and sexualization of cruelty towards women. It contributes to prostitution, human trafficking and the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases.”
Notre Dame students calling for the WiFi filter won’t settle for an “opt-in” solution, and neither will Enough Is Enough! We are again calling on all concerned Americas to flood the in-boxes of the university president and his fellow administrators until they put the safety of students and human respect and dignity above all else."
Join child advocates around the country who are calling for accurate app ratings and descriptions due to online grooming, sex trafficking, pornography, and sexploitation. #fixappratings
Today's action is from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and #FixAppRatings:
“Parents are empowered with rating information to keep kids out of R rated films, but when it comes to apps, parents are left in the dark about the kind of content their children are accessing,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Apps in the Apple and Google app stores are not held to any kind of third-party accountability to adhere to a consistent rating system.”
“As a result, social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook, all rated 12+ in Apple's App Store, are hot spots for bullying, grooming, advertising sex-trafficked child and adult victims, glamorized self-harm content, pornography, the buying and selling of illegal drugs, and sextortion. Hashtags make harmful content easy for anyone to discover, regardless of privacy settings. In fact just today a man was sentenced to prison for using Facebook to facilitate sex trafficking of a 15-year-old.”
“It’s our societal duty to protect kids online, and that starts with properly warning parents about the risks associated with certain apps and giving parents more parental controls options,” said Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes. “Parents often depend on parental controls provided by Apple or Google that prevent downloading apps with certain mature ratings. But, when apps are rated inaccurately and app descriptions aren’t fully transparent, parents are being deceived into thinking they’re preventing sexually explicit and dangerous content when in fact, they aren’t.”
From the link below scroll down to "Step 1: Sign the Statement."
Today's action is from www.pray1tim2.org, a ministry of Capitol Commission.
"Capitol Commission is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ in the Capitol communities of the world as well as following the Biblical mandate of praying for our elected officials nationwide."
To find your state legislators, go to www.openstates.org and enter your address.
How should we pray for our leaders? The site www.pray1tim2.org gives excellent guidance on how to pray for government leaders at any level, from the link below. You can print out this guide and keep it handy as a reminder and guide to praying for our government.
You can even email the link to this guide to the state legislators you find at www.openstates.org, telling them that you are praying for them. This will be a source of great encouragement to them.
Today's action is from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and its "Dirty Dozen" list of the top twelve enablers of sexual exploitation:
"Roku, a leading media streaming company, provides its users with the ability to stream television programs, movies, music, and more, on their personal devices. Unfortunately, Roku also facilitates access to hardcore pornography channels through hundreds of private and hidden channels.
Pornographers are well aware of the backdoor Roku has left open to them. They widely advertise for their private channels and applaud Roku in forum after forum for being the go-to streaming device to permit this material.
This stands in sharp contrast to the policies of other streaming device industry leaders such as Apple TV or Amazon’s Fire TV, which have rightly kept hardcore pornography off of their systems."
From the link below scroll down to "Email Roku Executives" in the middle of the page.
During the first week of every month I suggest a simple step which will help us reach out to those closest to us with the gospel: neighbors, friends, coworkers or family members.
Here is an excellent article entitled "10 Ways to Practice Normal Evangelism" by Juan Sanchez at LifeWay:
"Many of us find evangelism daunting, even frightening. However, evangelism should take place as we naturally converse with people. As we have normal conversations, we are to look for opportunities to speak to people about Christ. In a normal evangelism culture, we will pray together for the unbelieving, and we will celebrate gospel conversations, not just “deals closed.”
Point 1 was "Know the gospel."
Point 2 was "Live your life in light of this gospel."
Point 3 was "Pray and fast for unbelievers."
Point 4 was "Be willing to share your life with unbelievers."
Point 5 was "Share the gospel with urgency."
Point 6 is "Study the doctrine of hell."
Point 7 is "Invite unbelievers to repent and believe."
Point 8 is "Invite unbelievers to church."
Point 9 is "Trust Christ for the Results."
Point 10 is "Share with others and ask them to join you in prayer."
Today's action is from Enough is Enough:
"Our friend Alicia needs your immediate help. Tomorrow morning, a judge will determine if her convicted sex offender will be released in Pittsburgh, an area he has no ties to and is just four miles from her family home, or be released in another community, as Alicia and her family are desperately demanding. Please, we need you to sign a petition immediately today asking the Federal Government and Bureau of Prisons to relocate her kidnapper and rapist. Please share this request.
At age 13, Alicia Kozakiewicz was taken from her home by 38-year-old Scott Tyree, a man she who met and groomed her online. Tyree kidnapped her and held her captive as his sex slave in his Virginia home, raping and torturing her until the FBI rescued her. Alicia bravely shared her story as part of Enough Is Enough's "Internet Safety 101" DVD teaching series.
Now, Alicia and her family are fighting a whole new court battle to keep her sex offender away from her childhood home."
Urge your House Member to sign the discharge petition to force a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
Today's action comes from National Right to Life:
"Twenty-four times. That’s how many times pro-abortion Democrats in the House of Representatives have blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act from even being considered.
This legislation is aimed at saving babies who have survived an attempted abortion. Babies who are squirming, crying, on a cold, hard gurney being stared down at by an abortionist.
H.R. 962 would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded "the same degree" of care that would apply "to any other child born alive at the same gestational age," including transportation to a hospital.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise has indicated that a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962, sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner) will be filed on April 2nd. If the petition is signed by a majority of House members, it will force a vote on the House floor."
Today's action is from The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):
"FIRE’s Spotlight Database will tell you if your college or university denies students and faculty the rights they are granted by the Constitution and/or by institutional promises. Here, you will find detailed information on these college speech regulations — or speech codes — at more than 450 institutions. You’ll also find information about specific incidents of censorship, violations of due process, and more. If you are troubled by what you see, you can use our “Take Action” form to contact your school and let them know you expect better. Please refer to “Using FIRE’s Spotlight” for instructions on how best to find the information you want.
If the school you are looking for is not included in the database, you can request more information about its speech codes by filling out this form."
Today's action is from Shared Hope International:
"Sadly, 25 states in the nation can still arest and charge youth survivors of sex trafficking with the crime of prostitution, the very crime committed against them.
Our Stop the Injustice Campaign is dedicated fighting this injustice by...
When you sign the petition you will be counted as a part of the national groundswell of voices calling for change. We will share this growing number of signatures as we advocate around the nation for laws to strengthen protections for survivors.
As a supporter you will also receive alerts when new bills are introduced, or at critical times when grassroots advoacy is needed. We can't do this alone, we need your support!"
Please check with your state chapter of National Right to Life, to see how you can help protect unborn children in our state. From the home page of your state's chapter, look for a tab called "Legislation," "Advocacy," "Get Involved," "Projects," or words to that effect. Please take a simple action that is being encouraged, such as writing a quick letter to your state legislator.
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We should oppose true discrimination, but this top House priority if passed into law, would mean that Christian beliefs about sex, sexuality, marriage, parenting and education would be discriminated against. Urge your Representative to oppose it:
Today's action comes from The Family Policy Alliance. It's a bit long, but well worth the read, as it does a good job summarizing many of the practical threats to freedom of conscience entailed in the new liberal sexual orthodoxy:
"We can give House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this—she doesn’t hide her priorities. True to her word, this week Pelosi and Representative David Cicilline, an openly gay Democrat from Rhode Island, introduced H.R. 5, the so-called “Equality Act.” The bill adds the classifications of “sexual orientation and gender identity” as special protected classes in federal Civil Rights statutes—giving those classifications the same level of protection in law as “race” or “religion.”
Pelosi, Democrats, and leading national LGBT activist groups believe H.R. 5 is essential to prevent “discrimination” against individuals identifying as LGBTQ+. For most of us Americans who aren’t busy advancing a radical sexual ideology, “discrimination” means we don’t want anyone being made fun of or physically assaulted, denied a table at a restaurant (unless their own bad behavior warrants it), being told to sit in the back of the bus, or forced to attend a separate school.
That’s probably why, according to polling released by Public Religion Research Institute, faith groups of all denominations, including white evangelicals, support “nondiscrimination protections” for LGBT-identifying individuals.
But here’s the rub. To quote The Princess Bride—that word doesn’t mean what you think it means.
To Pelosi and supporters of H.R. 5, “discrimination” means something entirely different. “Discrimination” means that your Christian beliefs about sex, sexuality, marriage, parenting, education, and your calling to live out your faith are the same as Nazism and lynchings in the South—and must not be tolerated.
And that is why H.R. 5 is, in our opinion, the most dangerous piece of legislation put forward by Democrat leadership.
Since H.R. 5 is at the top of the Democratic agenda, we have 5 practical ways the bill could seriously harm all of us:
States with laws or regulations similar to H.R. 5 already require men and boys to have access to girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and athletic teams. Girls will also likely be forced to compete against boys for female scholarships and awards.
We are also seeing states with language similar to H.R. 5 forcing LGBT-specific sexual education curriculum on every public school in the state, requiring LGBT lessons to be woven into all curriculum (e.g., history, social studies, math, etc.), and even allowing schools to keep private files on students who identify as LGBT that not even parents can access.
In most cases, parents do not have the option to opt-out their children from the curriculum. And, children themselves who are uncomfortable with sharing private spaces with the opposite sex or who don’t want to be forced to refer to a “her” as a “him” will likely be punished and subject to “LGBT sensitivity training.”
Perhaps most disturbing of all, states and countries with language similar to H.R. 5 are stripping parents of custody when they do not want their children to undergo experimental hormone regimens for the purpose of “gender transition.”
Supporters of H.R. 5 believe that children must have access to gender transition services—and that parents who are uncomfortable with altering their child’s natural sexual development, even to the point of causing sterilization in their child, are child abusers! Parents in Ohio recently lost custody of their biological daughter for refusing to consent to gender-transition hormones.
A Canadian father was also told he can’t object to his daughter taking testosterone, he must refer to her as a “him,” and he must not try to persuade her to consider other options besides gender transition. Doing any of those things would be a form of child abuse under Canadian law.
H.R. 5 carries very serious risks to parents and their ability to act in their children’s best interests.
H.R. 5 will likely require employees and business owners to refer to one another with a person’s “preferred pronouns.” In other words, if a female employee identifies herself as male, all employees may be forced to refer to her as a “him.”
Business owners will also likely be forced to open up bathrooms to the opposite sex, opening the door to serious privacy violations or even sexual assault for female employees and patrons.
Business owners may even be forced to provide “gender transition” medical coverage for employees.
And the punishment for business owners and employees who don’t comply with these forced speech or policy changes? Risk losing your job or facing heavy fines. In states that already have a state version of H.R. 5, some business owners even risk criminal charges.
H.R. 5 puts even nonprofit, faith-based ministries at risk. Ministries will likely be forced to affirm same-sex marriage, open up their restroom or other private facilities to the opposite sex, require their employees and those they are serving to affirm gender transition, and much more.
And, if ministries can’t comply because of the teachings of their faith? They risk their nonprofit status, being sued for “discrimination,” and even their ability to serve at all.
Faith-based adoption agencies were already forced out of several states with laws similar to H.R. 5. Ministries risk their license to operate and their ability to work with the state to provide services such as placing foster children in forever homes.
5. Medical Professionals
H.R. 5 will likely have a devastating effect on medical professionals. Counselors, even Christian counselors, will be forced to provide therapy guiding a young person toward same-sex attraction or gender transition—while being forbidden by law to provide counseling to help young people manage unwanted same-sex attraction or affirm God’s design for their body’s sex.
Doctors will likely be required to provide gender transition hormones and even sex-change operations, regardless of the doctors’ religious beliefs or even their professional judgment that such changes would not be in the best interest of their patients.
The punishment for doctors who don’t comply? They risk being sued for “discrimination,” losing their professional license and their career, and even being labeled as “child abusers.”
Pelosi’s H.R. 5 would be the most sweeping and devastating legislation to impact children, parents, schools, businesses, ministries, the medical profession, and people of faith as a whole (regardless of denomination) that our country has ever seen. The importance of stopping H.R. 5 cannot be overstated.
Overwhelmed by the task of world evangelization? Wondering how you can make a difference? There's an app for that:
The task of world evangelization can seem overwhelming, with millions living among unreached groups and the workers often far too few. But rather than becoming discouraged at the enormity of the task, The Joshua Project empowers Christians to make a difference right where they are.
And what could be more powerful than prayer? The Joshua Project's Unreached of the Day mobile app enables us to make a small investment of time that will reap a huge harvest. It's an informative and easy-to-use guide to praying briefly for one unreached people group each day.
If you are not in the habit of praying for world missions, this is a great place to start!
This university has a track record of suppressing free speech, especially conservative speech. Urge it to change its policies:
Today's action comes from The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):
"A group of Portland State University police officers stood by and watched as a heckler with a cowbell single-handedly hijacked a College Republicans meeting. This is the second time in 2019 that PSU allowed hecklers or would-be hecklers to shut down campus expression — and the second time the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has demanded the university adhere to its First Amendment obligations. FIRE first wrote to the university Feb. 18 after PSU’s law enforcement unilaterally cancelled a meeting of a socialist student group after the founder of the group Patriot Prayer said he would show up.
At the College Republicans’ March 5 meeting, campus police stood by as a protestor rang a cowbell during a speech from invited speaker and conservative blogger Michael Strickland. For more than an hour, the protestor circled the room ringing the cowbell and blocked the projector for Strickland’s presentation before he and two others left on their own accord.
PSU defended the actions of the campus police, issuing a statement March 7 that “the officer used his professional judgment and determined not to threaten or restrain the individual so as not to escalate a potentially unsafe situation.” (Note: Video shows not one, but four law enforcement officers.)
“If one heckler with a cowbell is all it takes to silence expression at PSU, no one’s speech is protected,” said FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley. “PSU must demonstrate that it takes its First Amendment obligations seriously and is willing to stand up for campus expression.”
PSU has developed a pattern of allowing a single political activist to send students’ expressive rights out to pasture. On Jan. 24, PSU abruptly cancelled a meeting of another student group, the International Socialist Organization, after learning that the founder of Patriot Prayer posted on the Facebook event page that he would “be there to ask questions,” asking the group to “be mature and respectful for [he would] do the same.”
Many issues of vital concern for Christians are decided at the state level. Make a difference in your state, here:
Today's action is to check in with your state's affiliate of the Family Policy Alliance:
"Our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. Our mission is to advance biblical citizenship, equip statesmen, promote policy and serve an effective alliance, all committed to a common vision."
Check in with your state's family policy council and take whatever quick action they are encouraging, such as sending a prepared, auto-routed email to your state Senator and Representative on an important bill they are considering.
From the link below, please go to the website of the Family Policy Alliance ally in your state and find the section labelled "Action Center", "Take Action," "Get Involved" or words to that effect. Please take whatever quick action they are encouraging.
Today's action is from Family Watch International:
"One of the most dangerous assaults on the family we have ever seen at the UN is underway.
A transgender resolution intended to destroy any distinctions between men and women was just released by South Africa at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
Please help us stop it!
PLEASE EMAIL THE UN MISSION OFFICES OF SOUTH AFRICA RIGHT NOW and urge them to withdraw their transgender resolution immediately. Click here for their contacts
Under the guise of eliminating “discrimination against women and girls in sport,” this resolution does the opposite. It discriminates against women and girls in sport by insisting that gender-confused men and boys who want to compete as women and girls, despite their physical advantage, must be allowed to do so.
It is abundantly clear that the larger goal of this resolution has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with erasing any distinctions between men and women.
Ironically, South Africa is pretending that this resolution is about protecting “women of color" in sports who are being discriminated against because they are beating white women athletes in competitions.
The deception around this resolution is beyond diabolical because if adopted (and they may have enough votes to get it passed) the following will occur.
HRC Transgender Resolution: Serious Implications for Women and Girls
1. It will redefine the terms “women” and “girls” in UN documents to encompass men and boys who claim to be women or girls.
2. It will define discrimination against “women and girls” to mean discrimination against transgender “women” and “girls.”
3. It will allow men and boys identifying as females to enter women’s sports locker rooms and showers and compromise the modesty, privacy, and safety of women and girls, leaving them vulnerable to assault and sexual exploitation.
4. It will rob women and girls of sports opportunities and scholarships that will instead go to men and boys.
5. All of the UN documents “recalled” or “reaffirmed” in this resolution will be claimed to encompass the transgender definition of the terms “women” and “girls” including the UN’s 2030 Agenda referred to therein.
6. The safety of women and girls, especially those in contact sports will be severely compromised.
Please email the UN mission offices of South Africa RIGHT NOW and simply urge them to withdraw their transgender resolution immediately.
Urge another top enabler of sexual exploitation to change its policies, the nation's largest chain of massage parlors, Massage Envy:
Today's action comes from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE):
"#MassageToo! From Hollywood, Capitol Hill, Silicon Valley and beyond the #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in our society. But at your local massage studio too? Yes! Massage Envy has been, and is being, sued by hundreds of women for failing to take appropriate measures when a massage therapist sexually harasses or assaults a client. Among a number of poor policies, the company has hidden clauses in customer agreements which force women to surrender their rights and many former employees report being trained to do all in their power not to encourage police to show up at their locations. Massage Envy does not even require reporting of suspected assaults to the Massage Therapy Board and a number of cases against Massage Envy involve prior complaints of sexual assault by customers being made to management and them doing nothing about it, thus allowing perpetrators to continue preying on vulnerable clients.
While reports of sexual assault abound at other massage establishments, Massage Envy is the largest massage chain in America, with more than 20,000 therapists and 1,200 locations. Massage Envy has long known about the problem of assaults on their tables and yet only recently made serious policy improvements to try to curb and deal with these reports. We applaud their progress, while deploring the length of time it took for such movement to be made, and call on Massage Envy to take a stance of complete transparency and accountability when it comes to further addressing these horrors."
From the link below, scroll to "Take Action" and on the left-hand to "Tell Massage Envy to Improve Their Policies Regarding Sexual Assault."
Urge passage of a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks, when babies can feel pain and abortions become 75% riskier for women:
Today's action is from The Family Policy Alliance:
"President Trump called on Congress to pass a late-term abortion ban, eliminating abortion after 20-weeks. This is the point by which preborn babies can feel pain—and the point at which abortions became over 75% riskier for women.
With extreme abortion laws being passed around the country, now is the time to call on Congress to pass the 20-week ban:
We’re asking all who cherish life to join us in taking action now!"
Rarely do we have the chance to thank those who risk their lives to protect endangered Christians. Here is one such opportunity:
Today's action is from International Christian Concern:
"On January 5, an Egyptian Muslim cleric named Sheikh Sayed Askar witnessed a terrorist planting bombs on the roof of the Virgin Mary and Father Seifin Church in Nasr City, near Cairo, Egypt.
The terrorist planned to detonate the bombs during the church’s orthodox Christmas Eve service on January 6. Hundreds of Christians flock to this Christmas Eve service every year to celebrate their Savior.
After Sheikh Askar alerted the police, the government responded to the Imam’s observation and immediately dispatched a specialized bomb squad to defuse the bombs. The squad located three bombs on the roof of the church.
Tragically, while the officers were attempting to defuse the bombs, one detonated. An officer, Major Mustafa Abid, lost his life. Three other nearby individuals, including General Nasar Mansour, were seriously injured.
As an advocate for the persecuted and a public witness to their suffering, we continually call out governments and individuals that practice, abide, or abet the persecution of Christians around the world.
Too rarely, though, do we have the opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who are the exception to the status quo – those who personally risk their reputations, livelihood, or even their lives to protect endangered Christians. Askar’s actions foiled this terrorist plot yet ultimately endangered his own life in Egypt – a country still teeming with radical Islamist violence today.
The actions of Major Abid, General Mansour, the other members of the Nasr City bomb squad, as well as Imam Askar, give us such an opportunity. If they had not moved quickly, the roof of the church would surely have collapsed from the force of the explosion, resulting in a massive number of deaths of Christians at the church and Muslims attending the mosque next door.
Please join us in thanking these brave men with your signature to honor their sacrifice.
We will deliver the letter and the list of signatures to the individuals and families of those involved, including the family of the officer who lost his life.
Today's action comes from The Family Policy Alliance:
"First, it was New York – passing a new law to allow abortions right up to the moment of birth.
Then it was the Governor of Virginia defending “abortions” AFTER the birth.
Thankfully, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) has had enough. He introduced a bill to ban infanticide, or what he refers to as “fourth-trimester abortions.”
Here’s what you can do:
Please urge your two House of Representatives Member to support this bill! Scroll down to send your message in just moments."
The FCC has to report to Congress on the reliability of the TV ratings system and how responsive it is to public feedback. Help ensure FCC action:
Today's action comes from One Million Moms:
"Because of unrelenting efforts from 1MM and other conservative organizations, the Federal Budget passed by Congress earlier this month includes a mandate to the FCC. The FCC has 90 days to report to Congress on the accuracy and reliability of the TV ratings and on the TV Ratings Oversight Monitoring Board’s responsiveness to public concerns about misrated content.
This is a huge! Without your support and activism, this would not have happened!
But the real battle lies ahead. You see, because of this mandate, the FCC has opened a “public comment” period where anybody can weigh-in on this proceeding. That means concerned parents, grandparents, and citizens like you can comment. But so can Hollywood.
We need you to take action today by filing a public comment supporting better accuracy, more transparency, and more accountability in the administration of the TV ratings.
The deadline for filing comments is just days away. Please act NOW. There’s no time to waste."
Full instructions and talking points may be accessed from the link below.
Download a prayer guide to the 31 largest Frontier People Groups, the most difficult groups in the world to reach with the gospel:
Today's action comes from The Joshua Project:
"Who are Frontier Unreached People Groups?
Frontier People Groups (FPGs) are Unreached People Groups with 0.1% or fewer Christian of any kind, and no evidence of a self-sustaining gospel movement. There are about 4,719 Frontier People Groups with total population 1,793,576,000. One fourth of the world lives in FPGs and have almost no chance of hearing about Jesus from someone in their own people group. The 31 largest FPGs contain around HALF the population of all frontier people groups, almost a billion people. Get the prayer guide for these 31 people groups.
How neglected are Frontier People Groups?
The vast majority of mission prayer, giving and laborers focuses on strengthening Christians where Christians are already present. Only a tiny portion of mission prayer and resources go to Unreached People Groups at all, and only a tiny fraction of this goes to Frontier Unreached People Groups.
Why are Gospel Movements necessary among Frontier People Groups?
In most Frontier People Groups, Christianity is often viewed as a competing foreign political and religious force that threatens to pull apart families and communities. Evangelism and church-planting that encourages or expects individuals to leave their families reinforces these fears. FPGs are best reached through gospel movements which bring God’s blessing to heal and strengthen families and communities."