WASHINGTON (ERLC) — The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention have organized a March 15 prayer campaign, #PrayForRefugees, marking the fifth anniversary of Syrian Civil War.
Campaign leaders are encouraging churches, Christian organizations and individuals to pray on behalf of the more than 13.5 million Syrians involved in the international humanitarian crisis. Participants are asked to share the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #PrayForRefugees.
ERLC President Russell Moore said of the campaign, “Every day reports of wreckage and bloodshed throughout the Middle East bring a horrifying reminder of how precious religious freedom is and the devastating consequences that arise when religious freedom is repressed. Christians are called by God to stand up for the sanctity of human life whenever and wherever it is challenged.
“The lives of these many refugees fleeing the most brutal kinds of religious and ethnic persecution and oppression matter to our God, and so they should matter to us as well. As Christians, we don’t have to agree on all the details of public policy to agree that our response ought to be, first, one of compassion and prayer for some of our world’s most vulnerable and defenseless people.”
ERLC is joined by the International Mission Board, World Vision, World Relief and other organizations in organizing the campaign.
For more information and resources about the campaign, visit www.prayforrefugees.com.