November 28, 2017
Wilberforce A!ert: Matching Gift Today Doubles Your Giving Impact to 21CWI
Today is #GivingTuesday, which kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. At the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, we rely on #GivingTuesday to launch our end-of-year fundraising effort. This year, our campaign is Hope 1:8 because as an organization with a Christian worldview, Acts 1:8 compels us to share compassion with all who are oppressed and fight for all to have religious freedom.
Former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein has said,
“There is an absolute and unequivocal need to give voice to the religiously oppressed in every land afraid to speak of what they believe in, who face death and live in fear, who worship in underground churches, mosques and temples, who feel so desperate that they flee their homes to avoid killing and persecution simply because they love God in their own way.”
Each week in this newsletter, we share real stories and information about people around the world that Ambassador Saperstein references suffering for their faith: people in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, China, Russia, Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Myanmar, North Korea and many more.
By God’s grace and the generosity of many, the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative recently completed its third year of operation. Through domestic and international partnerships, we are using advocacy, capacity building and technology to call out religious persecution and advance religious freedom around the globe. This has resulted in trained leaders, reformed policy and protected rights.
While the scale of religious persecution is immense, the number of those who can afford to spare a few dollars is greater, and when our resources are pooled together, we make a giant impact! There are several reasons why people give: they are moved by someone’s story; they want to help make a difference in peoples’ lives; they feel fortunate and want to give back to others; or their faith inspires them to help others. Regardless of the reason, giving is not a business transaction. It’s a human connection.
We stand with, speak for and share with those persecuted for their faith around the world. Here is just one example:
“The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative has been a great advocate for minorities in the Middle East, especially Christians and Yazidis. They came to visit us when we were displaced and spoke on behalf of us, telling the world what ISIS has done to Christian and Yazidi communities.”
- Sister Diana Momeka, OP, Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena from Mosul, Iraq.
Thank you for recognizing the rising threat to this fundamental human right of every person on earth. We need your help to continue our work.