Churches in the U.K. and Ireland held their services in the open air on Sunday to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and to pray for them.
“Choosing to meet outside come rain or shine really brings home how precious our freedoms are,” said Paul Robinson, the CEO of the U.K.-based Release International, which is behind the annual campaign called Great Outdoors Church Service. “Taking time out to pray for the persecuted can spur us on to use our freedom to the full.”
Charity’s spokesperson Andrew Boyd told Premier Christian Radio that Christians in the U.K. have “amazing freedom in this country to do whatever we like really without the risk of persecution.”
“It’s ever so easy to take that freedom for granted, so why don’t we just take a very small risk; the really small risk is that it’s probably going to rain but never mind,” he said.
Not all churches participating in the campaign held outdoor services this Sunday, as the charity has encouraged them to set aside any date that would be suitable while just suggesting that it could be held May 27.
The charity said Christians around the world continue to be persecuted under Islam, militant Hinduism, authoritarian regimes and communism.
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Source: Christian Post