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‘Outrageous’ for Believers not to Feel Each other’s Pain

ICC Note

“We are all the same body of Christ, so if part of the body is sick or in pain, the other part also feels it. It is very outrageous if we don’t feel the pain and the plight of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.”

By Becky Yeh
01/20/2011 Eritrea (OneNewsNow)-An organization that defends persecuted Christians worldwide is urging U.S. believers to “feel the plight” of the believers who are dying and tortured for their faith.

Officials in Eritrea, a country that borders Sudan and Ethiopia, recently arrested 30 Christians who were praying in a house located in Asmara, the capital city. Those detained were members of the Philadelphia Church, an evangelical gathering outlawed by the country.

Jonathan Racho, regional manager for Africa with International Christian Concern (ICC), tells OneNewsNow that only three churches enjoy the freedom to worship in Eritrea.

According to ICC, roughly 3,000 Eritrean Christians have been arrested and tortured for their faith. Many are even held in underground jails or metal shipping containers and often die in grotesque conditions without proper medical care. So the persecuted church is petitioning believers to take action.

“They want the Christians in the West to feel the pain that they are feeling,” the ICC spokesman explains. “We are all the same body of Christ, so if part of the body is sick or in pain, the other part also feels it. It is very outrageous if we don’t feel the pain and the plight of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.”

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