- - Monday, December 14, 2015

2015- The Year of the Orange Christmas?

ISIS has captured the attention of the world — and the color orange. Too often, as we have watched the news, we see men dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands tied behind their backs with ISIS murderers behind them, poised to behead them. We remember the tragic scene of the Egyptian Coptic Christian men, kneeling on the beach-and then watched their blood flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Always tragic; the majority of those slain? Christian believers.

The Orange Christmas is the brainchild of Paula Kweskin, filmmaker and activist, who is filming a documentary on the persecution of Christians, Yazidis and others in the Mideast called “Faithkeepers.” The Orange Christmas is the precursor to the film, which will be released in spring 2016. Faithkeepers “is a documentary film about he violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.” “Faithkeepers” features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Yazidis, Baha’i, Jews, Assyrians and Chaldeans along with a historical context of persecution in the region. The goal of both Orange Christmas and the documentary is to awaken, enlighten and inspire all people of faith to stand up for the Persecuted and to take action.

As we celebrate Christmas with our families, we must remember those who are being put to death for their faith. How can a family celebrate an Orange Christmas, remembering the persecuted? Here are several practical ways you can be involved:

1. Set an extra place setting for the persecuted at your Christmas table.

2. wrap presents in orange paper or have on present under the tree in orange paper.

3. Use orange napkins at your Christmas events.

4. Wear orange clothing during this season of Advent.

5. Download the fact sheet on the Orange Christmas.

6. Be informed about the upcoming film, Faithkeepers-watch the trailer and contribute financially to the effort.

7. Remember the Persecuted in your daily prayers and as you give thanks at your Christmas table.

Each month, hundreds of Christians are killed, raped and abducted. Holy sites are desecrated, churches demolished, and homes burned to the ground. Tragically, the birthplace of Jesus and the lands he walked have become witness to ethnic cleansing. What will you do to rescue the perishing? If not us then who? And, if not now then when?
These atrocities can no longer be ignored by global leaders. We must wake up the world…..and let us recapture the color orange in order to daily remember those are giving all for their faith.

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