Hope4ME

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

#Hope4ME

Hope for Middle East campaign:
A seven-year prayer and advocacy focus on the Christian presence in the Middle East

Since the birth of Christ, Christians have been integral to the Middle East. And they are vital for its future. We cannot stand by while Christians and others in the Middle East face unprecedented threat. We must give them hope.

Vision:
Strengthen the Christian presence so that it will continue to make a recognized, positive contribution to Middle Eastern society.

One Million Voices of Hope

Open Doors is calling one million people from all around the world to stand with Christians in Syria and Iraq. Will you be one of them?

Sign
Over 338,000 people from 125 countries have spoken out, calling for a hope and a future for Christians in the Middle East. Will you join them?

Add your name to the One Million Voices of Hope petition that will be presented to the UK government and UN in December 2017.

Go here to sign the petition: #Hope4ME - One Million Voices of Hope
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One Million Voices of Hope petition

To the Secretary General of the United Nations:

The people of Syria and Iraq are facing immense suffering due to years of war and violent unrest. We believe that the lives, livelihoods and freedoms of all people in Syria and Iraq should be protected and guaranteed. This includes the Christians.

The church in both these countries has played a vital role in society for almost 2,000 years. Yet Christians continue to face significant targeted violence and persecution. They are committed to being a place of hope and compassion for the years to come but need urgent change to ensure a future in their homelands.

We cannot stand by while Christians and others in the Middle East face unprecedented threat. We must give them hope.

Therefore, we urge you to use your good offices on behalf of Christians and other religious groups in Syria and Iraq to:

1) Ensure that the current and future legal frameworks in Syria and Iraq fully promote and protect the equal and inalienable rights of all their citizens, irrespective of race, religion or other status

2) Ensure the dignified and continued improvement of living conditions for all citizens, but especially for returning refugees and the internally displaced – including through the provision of adequate housing, education and jobs

3) Identify and equip religious leaders and faith-based organisations to play a constructive and central role in reconciling and rebuilding both Syrian and Iraqi societies.
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Pray 

Commit to pray regularly for Iraq and Syria. Refer to the Apr-Jun 2017 prayer calendars in our magazine.

Give
Support projects like trauma counseling, education, and socio-economic development. When you donate to Open Doors, just indicate that you would like your donation to go to Middle East. For more information, go here.

Encourage
Send a short encouragement message to philippines@od.org. This will be placed in an "app" (smartphone application) that Christians in the Middle East can download onto their phones and receive daily encouragement from their family around the world.

Guidelines:
1. It should be less than 500 characters.
2. Do not mention OPEN DOORS in the letters.
3. Use the English language.
4. Be encouraging and sensitive when writing letters.
5. Provide your first name and country, not your full name and address. 

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