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ICC Note: As Christians around the globe participated in the International Day of Prayer Sunday, the plight of the persecuted church was at the forefront of many. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida spoke in solidarity with the persecuted church reminding our brothers and sisters in Christ that Scripture tells us when one part of the body suffers, the entire body shares its suffering. Continue to pray for the persecuted church regardless of whether it is the International Day of Prayer and stand firm on the promises God has given to His children. 

By Marco Rubio

11/03/2015 Washington, D.C. (Senator Marco Rubio) – On this International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, I join with Christians around the world in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Scripture tells us that when one part of the body suffers the entire body shares its suffering. When it comes to the Christian faithful, without question, the body is suffering.

From the underground house church in China where worshippers gather in fear of communist government persecution, to the displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians wondering if they will ever return home to the cradle of Christianity, the Church internationally is under seige. From the imprisoned believer in Pakistan facing a possible death sentence for believing in God, to the starving Christian in a North Korean prison camp, churches around the world are increasingly under assault.

Today I stand in solidarity with these suffering believers and thank God for the steadfast and unwavering faith of so many, young and old, in the midst of oppression, marginalization, kidnapping, imprisonment and even death. I pray that God would grant them courage and even hope in the midst of these trials.

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