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We Invite You to Stand With the Persecuted

21Wilberforce invites churches, faith networks, academic institutions and interested individuals to join our Global Impact Partners program. We offers resources to help you equip and empower your community to stand with those persecuted for their faith around the globe. Four pillars of the program are: AWARENESSof contemporary persecution against individuals, families and people groups suffering for their faith. INTERCESSION by churches …

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21Wilberforce Welcomes Two New Board Members and a Director of Church Engagement

21Wilberforce is pleased to announce the appointments of  Knox Thames and Curtis L. Brown, Treasurer, to the Board of Directors. With these changes, the 21Wilberforce board will be comprised of  14 Directors. Other Board members include James Carr, Ross Chandler, J. Nixon Daniel III (Chairman), Darrell Dunton, Simon “Trey” Hendershot III, Amanda Howard (Board Secretary), Suzii Paynter March, David Nelson (Vice …

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2-28 Alert Newsletter – 21Wilberforce

IRF Summit 2023: 21Wilberforce Engagements 21Wilberforce was an organizational partner for the third annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit held in Washington, DC from January 30th to February 1st. A coalition of organizations and individuals working for the cause of religious freedom around the world attended the event. Work session content was organized within four tracks: defending, documenting, developing, and denying religious freedom. Hundreds …

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1/31/23 21Wilberforce Alert

Executive Director John Gongwer’s First-Hand Report on Nicaragua Nicaragua has been labeled a Country of Particular Concern by U.S. State Department. From January 4-10, 21Wilberforce’s Executive Director John Gongwer traveled with BWA President Tomas Mackey (Argentina) and BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown to Nicaragua to attend the annual national Baptist Convention—Convención Bautista de Nicaragua (CBN). What follows is Gongwer’s first-hand …

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission officially launched the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in 1996 and designated the first Sunday in November for the church calendar (subsequently the second Sunday was added). Many USA organizations (including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Institute on Religion and Democracy), also began a large promotion, though there were …

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Why Defend the Persecuted?

On Monday, October 17th, 21Wilberforce will honor Dr. Bob Fu with the 2022 Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Award at a dinner in the Great Hall at Dallas Baptist University. After Bob and Heidi escaped from China to the U.S., they founded ChinaAid, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Bob and ChinaAid have become a respected global religious freedom organization, rescuing Chinese who are being …

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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Now in Effect

Last month the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect in the United States. The Coalition to End Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region urged US importers not to dump goods linked to the Uyghur Region into other markets and to not re-export tainted goods. Hundreds of companies have been publicly identified as having links to Uyghur forced labor. Numerous reports have revealed how sourcing …

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Deborah Yakubu’s Murder Created An International Uproar

Deborah Yakubu was a Christian student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state, Nigeria. She was beaten, stoned and her body burned May 12 by students who accused her of making blasphemous comments against the Prophet Mohammed in an online classroom group. Yakubu had allegedly cautioned her Muslim counterparts to stop making religious posts on the WhatsApp …