We know that Christians around the world are facing death for their faith in Jesus. How do they stand strong? Today we will hear stories about persecuted believers around the world. Then Mariam Ibraheem, a courageous Sudanese Christian mother who was imprisoned for her faith and sentenced to death, inspires our faith through her testimony of freedom and forgiveness.
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As Open Doors USA President and CEO, Dr. David Curry advocates on behalf of those who are persecuted for their Christian faith. He provides leadership to Open Doors USA on its mission to strengthen and equip Christians living under extreme restrictions, while encouraging them to remain strong in their faith. Since assuming the role of CEO in August 2013, David has traveled extensively to the field to encourage those living under persecution and support the work of Open Doors. He appears frequently on Fox News and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Mariam Ibraheem is a Sudanese Christian who was imprisoned for her faith in December 2013 and later sentenced to death. She refused to recant her faith and was imprisoned along with her 9-month-old son. While in prison she discovered she was pregnant, and her sentence of torture and execution was postponed until after her daughter was born. Mariam’s story gained international attention, and many advocated for her release, which came about soon after her daughter’s birth. The family eventually moved to the United States. Mariam is the co-founder and director of global mobilization for TAF, a foundation that serves women and children impacted by domestic abuse and religious-motivated violence. She also serves on the board of directors for Anti-Trafficking International.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.
Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages listeners to live to grow spiritually, think Biblically, and live compassionately in a world that desperately needs our Savior. Chris examines all of life through the lens of a Biblical Worldview, equipping believers to live, share and defend their faith in today's rapidly changing culture.