A life-changing provision

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

February 1, 2019

I recently received coupons in the mail to purchase discounted items from a number of local vendors. Quite often, $5.00 is the price point used for value meals, small pizzas, household supplies, small auto accessories and a number of other items -- none of which are life-changing. Liberty Relief International wants to let you know what else your $5 can do that truly is life-changing.

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Rita's story

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

Tuesday morning

A remarkable testimony was recently shared by one of our ministry partners: "Rita, a Christian woman from the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, was 26 when Islamic State militants invaded her town and took her captive. She was sold and bought four times as a sex slave before she was freed in 2017 and reunited with her father. She endured four years of captivity, four years of beatings, rape, mockery, intimidation, and isolation. Islamic militants, she says, see women as goods they can buy and sell and torture for disobedience." Rita is among the women our ministry partner helped restore after her captivity.  

Liberty Relief International is working with boots-on-the-ground partners to bring life-saving resources and Christian discipleship to new and persecuted believers. Our goal this month is to raise $10,000 toward this vital outreach. Please consider a generous tax-deductible gift today to help young women like Rita.  


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What about persecuted Christians?

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

Saturday morning

When Bahar (changed name) invited Christ into her heart, she also invited persecution. As a Muslim and as a young woman, leaving Islam and converting to Christianity was basically a death wish. Soon after, she was badly beaten by a group of Islamic men attempting to force her into an Islamic marriage. The assault left her little choice but to leave her home or renounce her faith. She chose to keep her new-found faith and to seek a life elsewhere while leaving behind all she had.

Liberty Relief International is working with frontline partners to bring life-saving resources and Christian discipleship to new and persecuted believers. Our goal this month is to raise $10,000 toward this vital outreach. Please consider a generous tax-deductible gift today to help young women like Bahar.  


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The "most dangerous" book in the world


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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International


Countless persecuted believers around the world are praying for a copy of God's Word to encourage and strengthen them in their faith. The update below from a Christ-centered, frontline partner highlights the critical need for discipleship resources in Muslim dominated regions:

"A 28-year-old wife and mother of three found herself face to face with Islamic militants during an attack on her community. They had forced their way into her home. A Bible in the room was a sure sign, they thought, that her husband was a pastor. Immediately, they grabbed him and took him away. Then the men demanded sex from her. When she refused, they beat her up. Two attackers raped her.

"(I)n many parts of the world, the most dangerous book is the Bible. Yet believers are risking everything to possess a copy of God's Word and share this treasure with others. Getting a copy of the Bible is difficult, and watching eyes are everywhere. … Our brothers and sisters live in some of the most difficult places in the world to follow Jesus, but you can help refresh them spiritually in their time of need."
 
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Urgent: Help wanted

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

Help wanted...and desperately needed.   One of our frontline ministry partners just issued an urgent appeal:

"In countries around the world, persecuted Christians are struggling and need support. Together, we must stand with our brothers and sisters around the world. So many face such extreme circumstances, they wonder if they'll live to see another day. And others need help to rebuild their lives.

Your gift today to provide critical aid, Bibles and emergency resources will send a massive message to our persecuted family—that God hasn't forgotten them. And that they don't stand alone."

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Astounding

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

In Open Doors recently released 2019 World Watch List, they report:

"In seven out of the top 10 World Watch List coun­tries, the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression. This means, for millions of Chris­tians—particularly those who grew up Muslim or were born into Muslim families—openly follow­ing Jesus can have painful consequences. They can be treated as second-class citizens, discrimi­nated against for jobs or even violently attacked... The slow creep of Islamic control in every facet of life becomes unbearable..."
 
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A heinous crime that must be eradicated

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) recently declared, “Human trafficking is a heinous crime that must be eradicated.” His statement accompanied the passage of bipartisan legislation, the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, that President Trump signed into law last month.

Co-sponsoring Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Klobuchar (D-MN) stated in their press release, “The Abolish Human Trafficking Act strengthens and reauthorizes key programs supporting survivors of human trafficking and provides resources to law enforcement officials working to combat modern-day slavery."

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Help free a life from slavery!

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

According to the U.S. State Department, “Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a global threat that touches nearly every corner of the world.” As UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ stated in his most recent message regarding human trafficking:

“Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict. Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair. They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.

Children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible. Women and girls are targeted again and again. We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery. We see the appalling trade in human organs.

Human trafficking takes many forms and knows no borders. Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention. This must change.”

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Unconscionable

 

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

The United Nations reports that eighty percent of the victims of human trafficking are exploited as sexual slaves. The average age of an abducted female forced into the sex trade is 12 years old! Unconscionable!

Further, the Department of Homeland Security identifies human trafficking as a "modern-day form of slavery...”  The enslaved are often forced or deceived into this horrific life. THIS IS A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC! 

Liberty Relief International is working with a frontlines ministry partner to assist targeted victims, predominantly women and children, through preventative and restoration initiatives.  Click here to offer immediate help or see my message below for more details -- Mat.   

 

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An unspeakable global epidemic

 

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From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Liberty Relief International

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that human trafficking is “the world’s fastest growing crime,” exceeding $100 billion in revenue annually.

The Department of Homeland Security identifies human trafficking as a "modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain,” and notes that it affects tens of millions of people worldwide annually. It is a global epidemic.

More people are enslaved now that at any point in history.

Do these statistics move you as much as they move me? There’s more…

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