From Anita Staver, President
Share with God’s people who are in need.” — Romans 12:13
Since 1989, Liberty Counsel has focused on restoring the culture by advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family. While still carefully focused on our core mission, we are always watchful for new threats and new opportunities that the Lord brings us.
During the past year, the shocking rise of radical Islamic extremism has become a major threat to religious liberty throughout the world. The most pressing danger comes from insatiably violent Muslims, especially the well-funded ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), which now arrogantly calls itself “The Islamic State.” These murderous radicals have a plan to establish a global Caliphate under Muslim law. They have no intention of peacefully coexisting with anyone who refuses to accept their dominance. Every day, ISIS slaughters, rapes, and beheads Christians and other religious minorities who refuse to convert to Islam. They also attack less radical Muslims who resist their tyrannical views.
In response to the great need of those persecuted by ISIS, Liberty Counsel launched Liberty Relief International (LRI), an initiative designed to give direct humanitarian relief to Christian believers and other persecuted groups, starting in the Middle East. During the winter months, we raised support for the purchase and distribution of much-needed supplies, including blankets and tents for displaced Iraqis fleeing ISIS.
Recently, we have identified additional ministry partners that are effectively aiding needy Christians in Iraq and beyond. We are directly connected with sources on the front lines that assist oppressed minorities with basic necessities. In addition to helping with physical needs, our partners equip evangelists, help plant underground churches, and distribute Bibles.
Through these contacts, we gather specific, credible reports about the immediate needs of those who warrant our assistance. We are committed to publicly passing on as much detail as possible about these outreaches without compromising the safety and security of both those providing relief and those in desperate need.
Thankfully, many of those who support Liberty Counsel’s mission of advancing life, liberty, and family in America have also demonstrated they have a heart for helping their persecuted brothers and sisters overseas. In fact, astute Christians in the United States realize that the basic liberties we enjoy could easily be lost if we fail to engage in freedom-preserving activities in other parts of the world.
There is a real danger that if the ISIS reign of terror in the Middle East is not squelched, it will continue to spread its hate-filled lies and propaganda around the world. ISIS operatives have shown great proficiency in using Internet communications to vastly expand their influence far beyond the physical locations in which they focus their terrorist activities. As we have seen, even Americans are falling prey to their web-empowered recruitment strategies.
Speaking about the radical Muslim threat, FBI Director James Comey recently reported that there are suspected ISIS supporters hiding in every state in America. He admitted, “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see.”
As a not-for-profit ministry, we cannot stop ISIS with guns or bombs, but we can stand with their victims while we pray for an end to the humanitarian crisis these radical Islamists have created. Although prayer is the most powerful weapon available to believers, we must always couple prayer with action. Join with us as Liberty Relief International moves boldly forward throughout 2015. The persecuted church needs your help now more than ever before!
Anita L. Staver, Liberty Counsel’s President, co-founded the ministry in 1989 along with her husband, Mat. Anita is a member of the bars of the state of Florida and the District of Columbia. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals in the nation, and six federal district courts.