On Saturday, September 25, 2021 For the Martyrs is hosting the second annual March for the Martyrs in Washington, D.C.
For the Martyrs founder, Gia Chacón organized the first-ever March for the Martyrs in 2020 in Long Beach, California to raise awareness about the reality of Christian persecution happening around the world.
In an article with the Daily Caller, Chacón said “‘In the West we march for life, to celebrate, for human rights and now for the first time in US history, we will be marching to stand in solidarity with the persecuted Christians around the globe.’”
Open Doors USA estimates that over 340 million Christians live in areas with high levels of persecution and discrimination. In 2020 alone, around 4,761 Christians were killed for their faith.* COVID-19 escalated Christian persecution in many countries such as Nigeria and India. In China, the Chinese Communist Party removed more than 250 crosses in the first four months of 2020. Gia Chacón and For the Martyrs hope that the 2021 March for the Martyrs will alert Western Christians to the persecution happening around the world.
“‘I think that knowledge inspires action, so the more people who are aware of Christian persecution, the more can be done to aid the suffering faithful,’” she said in an article with the Christian Post.
In 2020, March for the Martyrs had hundreds of participants and hosted speakers such as The Chosen’s Jonathan Roumie and singer/songwriter Sean Feucht.
This year, in Washington, D.C., some March for the Martyrs speakers include ChinaAid’s founder Bob Fu, podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey, Open Doors President and CEO David Curry, and In Defense of Christians’ President Toufic Baaklini. Full speaker line-up will be released soon.
Register for the 2021 March for the Martyrs and stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians at https://forthemartyrs.com/register/
* statistics from Open Doors USA