The Bible tells Christians to:
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NASB)
We can fulfill this mandate through sharing a Bible verse, a prayer, and an encouraging word with the families of those martyred on Libyan shores during February 2015. In a cooperative effort between the American Family Association, Engage magazine, and E3 Partners, the messages collected at the 21 Letters Submission page will be taken, translated, and transmitted to the Coptic Christian families.
As reported on OneNewsNow.com, this effort came as part of an effort to put a face on the persecuted church:
“We want people to know that this persecution is real and it is happening to real people,” says writer Teddy James. “It’s not some faceless people on the other side of the world that we’ll see.”James and other writers at online website Engage Magazine have launched the Orange Letter Campaign, drawing their idea from the orange jumpsuits worn by the men beheaded after they refused to renounce their faith. Engage is a ministry of the American Family Association.Engage has teamed with missionary ministry e3, which has dubbed the same campaign “21 Letters.”
A link at the e3 website allows people to submit a Bible verse, a “Prayer of Support,” and “Words of Encouragement.”
The letters will be translated by e3 and hand-delivered in November to coincide with International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
ISIS published a video February 15 showing the jumpsuit-wearing men being marched onto a Libyan beach. A caption in the video called them “people of the cross.”
“These are people that we are going to see on the other side of eternity,” James tells OneNewsNow. “These are our brothers and sisters in Christ that are experiencing persecution.”