Catch The Fire to be Awarded Jubilee Medal
This Sunday, 21st July, Catch The Fire will be awarded a medal commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The award will be given in recognition of Catch The Fire Toronto’s international humanitarian efforts. The church has worked to aid the rescue of Christians from countries and situations where they were going to be wrongly killed for their faith.
Steve Long, Senior Pastor of Catch The Fire Toronto, was nominated for the award on behalf of Catch The Fire. The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration describe those that will be awarded medals as, “outstanding citizens who have... made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.”
Steve has worked alongside Rev. Majed El Shafie of One Free World International in his efforts to liberate families about to be executed for their faith. Majed himself was oppressed and tortured for his faith, but now uses his skills as a lawyer to protect the human rights of religious minorities around the world.
The church family has supported this work through financial donations and prayer all through the rescue process. Munir and his family arrived from Pakistan in 2011, and are now established in Canada. They have become part of the Catch The Fire Toronto Family and Munir now works for Catch The Fire. Another family arrived in Toronto from Afghanistan in July 2012, narrowly escaping execution.
Many Christians all over the world are mistreated for their belief in Jesus. An Open Doors Canada report from 2009 states that “A minimum of 100 million Christians worldwide face discrimination and alienation, or suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ.” Further reports suggest that this number is rising.
Evidently, Christians need to take action to support their brothers and sisters in desperate need. Steve Long is passionate about following Jesus’ command to love others, and sees Catch The Fire’s humanitarian efforts as a way of doing this. He says “I beleive that each one of us has the responsibility to help those in distress. Jesus commended the Samaritian for helping a neighbour that he didn’t know, but knew he needed help ”.
A special Sunday service will be held at the Airport Campus on July 21st. The honourable Jason Kenney, minister of Immigration and Citizenship for Canada will be there as well as Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, who will be speaking about the need for religious freedom. The service will be broadcast on Catch The Fire TV.
Catch The Fire are also committed to supporting charities that reach out to the poor, widows and orphans, and people in need all over the world.