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JULY 7, 8, & 9, 2016

Washington, D.C.

The Bridge

2016: The Disappearing Church of the Middle East

On July 8 & 9 (July 7 is an invite-only session for politicians and Human Rights NGO’s), we gathered the Church in the US to meet their persecuted brother and sister and those that work on their behalf.

From members of Congress, to nonprofits, to churches, missions pastors, missionaries, and the persecuted themselves, we brought the Free and Persecuted Church together to learn from each other and to learn how to connect and fight for the Persecuted Church.

The conference highlighted speakers and leaders who gave the inside scoop on ISIS, persecution, ways to get your church engaged, as well as how to connect and assist Christians in persecuted countries.

In the persecuted Church, you find real devotion, sacrifice, and great love for the Lord in spite of the terrible cost Christians pay for their faith. The Lord touched our hearts during the conference and our hope is that all who attended grew spiritually and got involved with aiding the persecuted.

It’s that spirit that we love and hope to spread, starting with you!

Jeff King
President
Persecution.org
(International Christian Concern)

Main Conference Speakers

Silver Spring, MD

Eric Metaxas

Author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the ECPA. 

Tass Saada

Former PLO sniper, now a Christ follower. Founder of Hope for Ishmael and author of Once an Arafat Man and Mind of Terror.

General William Boykin

General Jerry Boykin, 3 star general (ret.) was involved in or led most of the major military campaigns of the last 25 years. He’s also held various high-level intelligence positions giving him unique insight into the the source of persecution and what’s really happening in the Middle East.

A Secret Guest

Who’s the biggest evangelist in the world you’ve never heard of? We can’t tell you who he is, but he’s coming. His revelations about what’s happening in the Muslim world will amaze you.

Jeff King

President of International Christian Concern, formerly with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). Expert on persecution and author of the book Islam Uncensored.

Doug McKenzie

CEO, Voice of the Martyrs, Canada. His unique insights into persecution and the spiritual lessons from suffering will leave you moved and a stronger Christian.

Erick Schenkel

Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project. Almost killed via persecution. Will speak on standing strong in spite of fear and going to the toughest places.

Jason Upton

Jason Upton

Anointed musician with 18 albums who calls out to the body of Christ to care for the hurting. He will lead us in worship throughout the conference.

Don James

Senior Pastor of Bethany Church, Wyckoff NJ, Co-Director, Serving Our Societies. Pastor Don has raises $2MM per year for missions and over $20MM over his career. Will teach on getting your church mobilized for the world.

Dr. Nemam Ghafouri

A Muslim Kurdish doctor who ministers to young Yazidi girls that have escaped ISIS. Her firsthand stories of caring for young Yazidi women will break your heart.

David R. Shedd

Former acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (and CIA operative) will speak about radical Islam, the real situation in the ME and where things are going there.

Nia Shea

Nina Shea

An international human-rights lawyer for over thirty years, Nina Shea has been a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and a U.S. delegate to the United Nation’s main human rights body.

Daniel Shayesteh

Recruited by Islamic extremists at age 9 and actively oppressed God’s people before having a life changing encounter with Jesus. Director of Exodus from Darkness.

Juliana Taimoorazy

An Assyrian Christian that fled Iran in 1989, she is a noted advocate for Assyrian Christians and founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council.

Pastor Gregg Zetts

Veteran missions pastor that has been to the field 100’s of times. A Pastor’s Pastor in the field. Greg will talk about the lessons of persecution.

Magdi Khalil

Outspoken Coptic political analyst, researcher, author and executive editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International.

Sebastian Gorka

Policy expert on counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism. National Security Editor at Breitbart and strategic adviser in the Atlantic Council of the US.

Ambassador David Saperstein

American rabbi, lawyer, Jewish community leader and United States Ambassador

Katharine Gorka

President of the Council on Global Security. Expert on terrorism and radical ideologies. Actively involved with US government agencies, law enforcement and the intelligence community.

Ann Buwalda

International lawyer on religious worker visas, asylum, and refugee cases. Advocate of international religious freedom and human rights. Director at the Jubilee Campaign USA since 1991.

Alberto Fernandez

Former US Department of State Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. Policy expert on American and Middle Eastern relations. Vice President of Middle East Media Research Institute.

Faith J. H. McDonnell

Expert writer and commentator on Christian persecution. Active in Congressional legislation and advocacy on religious freedom. Director of Religious Liberty Programs at Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Capitol Hill Day Confirmed Speakers

Washington, D.C.

Congressman Trent Franks

Co-founder of International Religious Freedom Caucus

Randy Hultgren

Congressman Randy Hultgren

Executive Committee Member, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs

Congressman Joe Pitts

Co-Chairman, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Congressman Chris Smith

Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations & 18 Term Congressman

Jeff King

President, International Christian Concern

Kristina Arriaga

Kristina Arriaga

Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Sunjeev Bery

Sunjeev Bery

MENA Advocacy Director, Amnesty International

Dr. Tom Farr

Former Diplomat, Author, and Director of Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project

Alberto Fernandez

Vice-President, Middle East Media Research Institute

Jomana Qaddour

Jomana Qaddour

Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Nia Shea

Nina Shea

Director, Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom

Jason Upton

Special Music Guest

Jason Upton is a songwriter and storyteller with the heart of a pastor. Whether Jason is leading people in worship through singing or speaking, Jason does his best to carry the heart of our heavenly Father. His songs and his messages reflect a life fully lived in relationship with God, family and friends.

Jason and Key of David Ministries have several recordings available that document Jason and his band expressing the heart of God for His people through song, instrumental spontaneity and spoken word.

Jason currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife Rachel and their children Samuel, Emma, Lucy and Oliver.

For more information about Jason Upton and Key of David Ministries please visit www.jasonupton.com.

Lance Brown

Guest Artist

Color-blind Christian “Jesus speed painterand speaker, Lance Brown, shares Jesus in a unique way using his God-given abilities to “spread the gospel with paint.” His powerful testimony includes finding your purpose in Christ, overcoming weaknesses and dealing with wasted talent. He lives in North Texas with his wife and three kids. Lance gave his life to Christ and is now using his passion for painting to further the kingdom.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands…

Participating Organizations

Hope for Ishmael Logo
Exodus from Darkness Logo
Aid to the Church in Need Logo
Religious Liberty Partnership Logo
Crossgate Baptist Church-Logo
Berkley Center-Logo

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General Admission

Admission Days

Cost

How to Purchase

July 7, 8, and 9 Free* Requires $25.00 refundable deposit

Online on Eventbrite

* Ticket donation of $25.00 is refundable after the event. Donor may choose to have the $25.00 refunded, or to have it given as a donation to International Christian Concern. This ticket grants access to all three days of the conference.

Capitol Hill event on July 7th is free of charge. Please contact ICC to reserve a seat at the Capitol Hill event.

ICC Contact Information – Ticket Purchases and Reservations

Jorge Gomez
Operations Coordinator
(301) 329-2846
operations.coord@persecution.org

The Bridge Schedule

July 7 will be held on Capitol Hill and has limited seating and is mainly for human rights NGO’s and Hill staffers.
This part of the conference is invitation only, but please request this date if you are interested.

The main conference will begin July 7 in the evening and run through Saturday evening in Silver Spring, MD.

Thursday 7/7 *
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Capitol Hill Registration*

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Keynote Speeches*

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Expert Panel*

  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

    Lunch*

  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

    Literature Drop Briefing*

  • 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Capitol Hill Literature Drop*

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Opening Ceremony Registration**

  • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    Opening Ceremony**

  • 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Keynote Speech**

  • 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Worship with Jason Upton & Lance Brown**

* This event will take place on Capitol Hill and is open to all conference attendees. Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

** This will be in Silver Spring, MD.

Friday 7/8 *
  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Registration

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

    Opening Ceremony

  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Worship

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Keynote Speeches

  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Break

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Panels & Workshops

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Keynote Speeches

  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Break

  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Panels & Workshops

  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Keynote Speeches

  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Worship

* This will be in Silver Spring, MD. Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

Saturday 7/9 *
  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Registration

  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Opening Ceremony

  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Conference Devotional

  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Worship

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Keynote Speeches

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Panels & Workshops

  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Break

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Panels & Workshops

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Panel Sessions

  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Panel Sessions

  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Break

  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Keynote Speech

  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Closing Ceremony

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Break / Intermission

  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Night of Worship with Jason Upton**

* This will be in Silver Spring, MD. Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

** Concert included as part of registration. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Session & Workshop Topics

Persecution Overview

Understand the history and present situation on the ground for Christians in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Iran.

Partnering

Meet the organizations, Churches, and Mission Agencies that are working on the ground. Find out how to connect and work with the persecuted.

Mobilizing Your Church

How to get your church to care about and be involved with fighting persecution.

Islam: The Players and Politics

Understanding Islam as well as the radical groups and the politics of the region. Until you get background and context, you can’t understand the region.

The Call

Get inspired by the persecuted church. The call for revival led by example of the persecuted Church.

Evangelism

Who, what, where, and how to reach our target people.