Over the weekend, reports emerged that the United States Agency for International Development will be following through with a plan that Vice President Mike Pence has been advocating for. According to the Washington Examiner, the agency will provide over $100 million to help persecuted Christians.
The majority of the money will go toward Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq, an area of the world where Christians are consistently persecuted. According to Open Doors, Iraq is among the top ten countries where Christian persecution is the highest.
The money that the agency will be giving out will be assisting various groups throughout the country. According to Mark Green, the USAID Administrator, some of the money has already been specifically allocated. $10 million will be distributed to various groups including Catholic Relief Services. $25 million will assist "persecuted communities" in Iraq.
Overall, $100 million will reportedly be given within this fiscal year to the Christian and Yazidi minority religions. This news follows Vice President Pence's consistent pleas to provide aid for those persecuted. He spoke out at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting last week.
He said, "I want to make a promise to each and every one of you. We will not rest until we give our fellow Christians and persecuted communities across the Middle East the resources and support they need to recover, rebuild, and flourish in their ancient homeland once again."
VP Pence has been working on this effort for a long time, and in October he made the announcement that President Trump told the State Department to pause funding for "ineffective" United Nations programs in order to free up more money to combat Christian persecution.
What do you think about this decision? Let us know your thoughts, and please continue praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world! In other recent news, dozens of people are falling ill from a parasite and a major recall was just issued.