World Summit In Defense Of Persecuted Christians To Be Held Next Year In Washington, D.C.
The “World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians” will now be held in Washington, D.C. from May 10-13, 2017.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in Moscow, Russia, because "no one knows modern Christian persecution better than the church that suffered under communist rule,” according to a Facebook post from Franklin Graham.
However, that location was changed because organizers said “just a few weeks ago Russia passed a law that severely limits Christians' freedoms,” according to the statement.
“Hundreds of Christian leaders, advocates, and persecution victims from all around the world will come together to address the atrocities being done to those who profess the Name of Jesus Christ," he wrote.
Graham said 2015 was a year of severe persecution of Christians around the world. “The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place,” Franklin Graham wrote in March.
There is no word yet on the list of scheduled speakers. Visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more information.