On September 25th, 2021, at 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C., a large group of people gathered to give a voice to persecuted Christians at the second Annual March for Martyrs. The second annual March for the Martyrs event was attended by 500 to 1,000 Christians from across the United States.
(FULL VIDEO of Event below)
The March’s founder, Gia Chacon, who runs a nonprofit organization For the Martyrs, first began her efforts in 2017. She was be joined by Ordinariate priest Fr. Benedict Kiely, whose charity Nasarean.org tells the stories of persecuted religious minorities and offers them practical help to rebuild their lives.
Hundreds of religious people joined in solidarity with persecuted Christians worldwide on Saturday as part of an uprising to “rise up as one voice for the persecuted Church.”
They gathered at the rally on the National Mall where they listened to speeches, worshiped together and marched to the White House where they prayed together before attending the “Night for the Martyrs” evening event held at the JW Marriott hotel.
The first March for the Martyrs took place in Long Beach, California, in September 2020. On stage Chacon said: “We’re marching for the over 340 million Christians around the world who suffer for the name of Jesus. We’re marching for the people who lay down their lives every single day to go to church, to own a Bible. To even say that they believe in Jesus, in some countries, is illegal.”
Open Doors USA's reported that there was a 60% increase in the number of Christians killed for their faith. “If Christians continue to be persecuted for their faith, why does this issue have so much silence around it?” she asked. “Why does the world remain silent as Christians are targeted and executed for their faith in Christ?” “we’re going to remember every single Christian who laid down their life for the sake of the Gospel and we’re going to bring attention to every Christian who is suffering under radical governments, under extremist groups.” “If Christians in other countries can lay down their life for the Gospel, we should be encouraged to stand strong in our faith here in the United States,” she explained.
Social media personality Jacob Coyne also spoke, he is the founder of Stay Here, an organization of suicide prevention ministry. Allie Beth Stuckey, host of the “Relatable” podcast, was another speaker at the event.
Evening speakers included Sean Feucht, David Curry, Rev. Johnnie Moore, Gia Chacon, Bob Fu, Dr. Michelle Corral, Pastor David Engelhardt, Toufic Baaklini, Fr. Benedict Kiely, and Ryan Helfenbein.
WATCH the FULL Video of the Event below: