MARTYRED: 176,000 CHRISTIANS in ONE YEAR -by Bob Unruh - www.wnd.com A new ministry partnership has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the fact that an estimated 176,000 Christians around the world were martyred - killed for their faith - in a one-year period from the middle of 2008 to the middle of 2009. That's 482 deaths per day, one every three minutes. Martyrdom didn't go away with the Middle Ages, according to reports from Open Doors USA, which now has combined efforts with actor Kirk Cameron of "The Way of the Master" ministry as well as evangelist Ray Comfort of Living Waters ministry to focus on those who are being persecuted for their faith. The groups have announced a webinar on Thursday, an interactive Internet-based seminar, featuring Cameron, Comfort and Carl Moeller, the president of Open Doors USA. Registration is open to the public and free of charge. Emeal Zwayne, executive vice president of Living Waters, said that few Christians in the U.S. are even aware "that an estimated 176,000 Christians were martyred from mid-2008 to mid-2009. "It's so hard to believe that in this day and age so many Christians are losing their life for their faith. It's as though we in the U.S. live in a different world from the rest of the Body of Christ," he said. "We want to ask the question that is on a few people's lips - will persecution ever come to America? And if so, what can we do about it?" he said. Zwayne said the ministries have been working together "to try and draw attention to the plight of the Persecuted Church, because Scripture tells us to remember those who are persecuted for the sake of Christ." "Open Doors is a wonderful organization, and together we want to do all we can to highlight this often forgotten cause," he said. The one-hour event is scheduled from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. (-TODAY!!) WND reported earlier this year when Open Doors USA released its 2010 World Watch List. The report cited North Korea, which reportedly uses Christians as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons, as the world's worst persecutor of Christians. Open Doors estimates there are 100 million Christians worldwide who suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. To participate in today's free webinar, featuring Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort and Carl Moeller - please go to the following website- http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ God bless you all.