Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the support of President Donald Trump for persecuted Christians around the world, noting that both he and the president pray for them and that the Islamic State terror group will be destroyed “at its source.”
Before 600 victims of persecution and advocates for the persecuted church at the Mayflower Hotel for the first ever World Summit In Defense Persecuted Christians sponsored by evangelist Franklin Graham, Pence, who is a devout Christian, called President Trump a “champion” of religious freedom. Pence’s presence at the summit, he said, signifies the president’s “tangible commitment to reaffirm America’s role as a beacon of hope and light and liberty, to inspire the world.”
America was, is, and will always be a shining city on a hill, he continued, where people throughout our history have been able to practice their faith openly and freely, he said.
Pence made a point to laud those in attendance who have themselves endured persecution.
“Your faith inspires me, it humbles me and it inspires all who are looking on today,” Pence said.
“To that number, we are with you, we stand with you, and we are here at this World Summit because of you,” he added, speaking on behalf of Trump.
“You have persevered through the crucible of persecution. You refused to be conformed to this world, you have chosen instead to be counted with those outside the city gate for your faith.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Brandon Showalter