I will admit that I have found myself thinking more about Christ’s return and heaven than at any point in my life. Many I share this with say the same. The darker the world gets the more we seek the light.
But we need to stand together…. Let me be clear, Jesus came to seek and save the lost and He leaves that to you and me now. And our mission will always be to share Jesus. But we need to stand together as others try to slow the Gospel with hate, debate and rancor.
We know biblically things will become more challenging for believers. Ten years ago, it would be rare for someone to take the time to contact us to tell us we had it all wrong. That happens multiple times every day now. Some of those guests are overly aggressive and inappropriate. Volunteers now expect to have some of these conversations and work to show love and grace to those that seem to hate us simply because we love Jesus.
Religious persecution is a concept most Americans have not experienced in a similar way to others around the world. This will likely change over the coming years in this country. There seems to be daily examples of Christians being challenged over decisions we make related to our beliefs. Some have become well known legal cases but more often this happens out of the public view.
We also see more ministries wanting to partner and leverage Echo over time. This makes the security around Echo an even more important element of what we provide. Each month, we see over 100,000 bad actors attempt to do harm to our system but thankfully none of those worked. This will likely increase as more people and organizations with sinister agendas go out of their way to make life difficult for those sharing Jesus.
As these dynamics continue to evolve, we look forward to finding, keeping and training volunteers able to meet the need. Ultimately, we see more opportunities for Need Him Global if we can continue to offer a safe, supportive and productive experience for both volunteers and seekers to discuss the Gospel.
Christian Persecution in 2020
- Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination
- 4,761 Christians killed for their faith
- 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
- 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
Source: World Watch List 2021