By Dan Etheridge

Why go quiet? Baseem’s story…

Earlier this year, a 27-year-old Egyptian Christian called Bassem was killed because he had a tattoo of a cross on his wrist. He was walking home from work when he was stopped by two armed men. They’d spotted his tattoo, asked if he was a Christian and then shot him. His murderers then threatened to kill more Christians.

Violence against Christians has been increasing in Egypt, but it’s not just about north Africa. In Syria, where money raised from Blackout in 2018 will go, Christians have been forced to flee homes, faced unspeakable violence and seen their communities destroyed. But even in the darkness, the church is still shining.

One Christian in Aleppo, a city devastated by the war, says: “But we live in God. We stayed with our faith. We prayed as a family here. We went to the church. I don’t believe that we should just travel and run out. Of course we thought a lot about leaving… but when I started to pack my bags, I wanted to stay. I love my country. I love my people. I have a mission to stay here and help people.”

So, put down the phone. Log out of Instagram and help us raise money for change and a massive noise in prayer before God! Could you and your mates pray non-stop for 12, 24 or 48 hours? Could you get sponsored and raise enough to help provide relief for Syrian families or help fund a small business loan so someone can start earning a living again in Syria? With no phone to distract you anything is possible! Register and you’ll get access to a bunch of downloadable resources and we’ll also send you our new Mini Guide, stickers and much more…

The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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