The Nazarene Fund Needs Your Help
Last weekend was a very important weekend for those of Christian faith; Christians celebrated Easter while the Jewish people marked their Passover observances commemorating the exodus of the ancient Israelites and their freedom from captivity and enslavement in Egypt.
However, it was not a weekend of celebration for one group of Christians; a group who, just like the ancient children of Israel fled persecution, are unsure of their fate, wondering if they will be returned to the very country that seeks to hold them in bondage.
At this very moment, there are 95 Iranian Christian refugees living in Austria. They applied for asylum in the United States and were given approval by the U.S. government in 2017. But that sense of security disappeared last month when their asylum claims were rejected. All this after going through the process and waiting for the required time to pass. And now, as a result of this, the Austrian government is threatening to deport them back to Iran. Not a single person from the Austrian or the U.S. governments have explained why this is happening.
Just like the early Christians during the Roman persecutions, these Christians were members of underground churches while they were in Iran, practicing their faith in secret. If they had been outspoken about their beliefs, they would have been breaking Iranian law.
If they are forced to go back to Iran after attempting to come to the U.S, they face certain imprisonment, persecution and possibly even death.
The Nazarene Fund has obtained copies of one refugee’s provisional acceptance letters from the U.S. as well as the follow-up rejection letter. Both are shown at the bottom of this post.
It has been reported that Vice President Mike Pence and various members of Congress are working feverishly to rectify this and bring them to the U.S., but no one can seem to confirm who is responsible for this change in position. Whatever the reason, it is being done at the expense of these people’s lives.
The Nazarene Fund is trying to help. We are reaching out to our vast network of countries, contacts, churches, politicians in multiple countries, business people, pastors, priests, NGOs, the list goes on to try and find a solution, even if that means a new temporary asylum country that will house them until their status can be resolved. This situation is desperate.
If you want to help, please donate to The Nazarene Fund now. The situation is very complex and there are many moving parts. We need all the support we can get.
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