PLANT CITY Christians around the world face prison, torture or even death for their faith, said the area representative of an organization that fights religious persecution.
Lynda Blackman told of the dangers Christians face in some lands during a recent talk at Plant City First Church of God.
Blackman, a Seffner resident and substitute teacher, was featured at an international day of prayer for The Voice of the Martyrs.
“We’re joining in with thousands of other churches,” church pastor Clarence Phairas said.
Founded in 1967 by Richard Wurmbrand, Voice of the Martyrs provides Bibles, medical care and other support for Christians who live in lands where they take on great risk for their faith.
Wurmbrand was a Romanian pastor who was imprisoned and tortured for his faith.
Blackman’s presentation included a DVD and a map showing countries where Christians aren’t free to worship. She urged prayers and support for the oppressed.
The Voice of the Martyrs estimates there are more than five dozen countries from China to Cuba where anti-Christian laws or circumstances can lead to believers being harassed, imprisoned or killed. Another dozen or so countries are listed as hostile places for Christians because governments don’t or can’t always protect them from persecution.
Her husband Ron and their college-aged daughter Elizabeth Anne provide help and support in her volunteer work for the Oklahoma-based organization.