For the Martyrs invites Christians across the USA to gather in the nation’s capital on September 25, 2021, in solidarity with all who are persecuted for their faith. Currently the focus is on Afghanistan where so many Christian lives are at risk. These precious brothers and sisters in Christ are now part of some 340 million people worldwide that make Christianity the largest persecuted religious group. For the Martyrs aims to raise awareness of this shocking situation as believers march and pray.
“We all see what’s going on in Afghanistan right now,” said Gia Chacon, president of For the Martyrs. “Christians are being hunted down and killed. This is happening in so many other nations across the world, and so few people are talking about it. That’s why we’ve chosen to move the March for the Martyrs to Washington, DC.
“More than 1000 participants, dressed in red, will march for and with all Christian denominations and people of good will,” she continues. “I believe we can all unite around this cause – with one voice – as the body of Christ in the United States advocating for our persecuted brothers and sisters.”
March for the Martyrs
The March will begin with a rally on the National Mall. From there, participants will follow a route up the National Mall, past the White House and end with the Night for the Martyrs at the JW Marriott Hotel. There, participants will hear testimonials from persecuted Christians and those who advocate for them.
The persecution of Christians is widely ignored by the media and often overlooked within communities of faith. For this reason, For the Martyrs is on a mission to place Christian persecution on the forefront of the fight for human rights.
In addition to Gia Chacon, speakers include:
- Nasarean.org founder, Fr. Benedict Kiely
- Open Doors USA president, David Curry
- Chinese defector and ChinaAid founder, Bob Fu
- Musician and speaker, Sean Feucht
- In Defense of Christians president, Toufic Baaklini
- Ex-U.S. Commissioner on Int’l Religious Freedom, Rev. Johnnie Moore
- Relatable podcast host, Allie Beth Stuckey
For this year’s event, The Catholic Connect Foundation, Open Doors USA, In Defense of Christians, Liberty University’s Freedom Center, and Students for Life have signed on as official co-sponsors.
“Jesus people, of all different backgrounds, need to rally as one for those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered for their faith in Jesus. March for the Martyrs is the moment to let our collective voice be heard,” said Open Doors USA’s David Curry.
The March for the Martyrs made history on September 5th, 2020, when hundreds of Christians across all denominations of Christianity marched to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. It was and continues to be the United States’ first and only large-scale march representing persecuted Christians.
For the Martyrs is a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness about the crisis of Christian persecution, advocate for religious freedom and provide aid to suffering Christians across the globe. It was established in 2019 by Gia Chacon who began her humanitarian efforts in 2017 and has since traveled to Central America, East Africa and throughout the Middle East.
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Gia Chacon is a humanitarian, motivational speaker and founding president of For the Martyrs.