Most young adult girls are focused on the latest fashion trends or romantic relationships – but not Gia Chacón.
When she was just a young child, she witnessed Christian persecution firsthand while on an overseas trip with her grandmother – and her life has never been the same since.
In fact, God stirred up such a passion in her young heart that Gia could no longer deny the calling on her life – and now she’s left behind her former dreams in order to serve persecuted Christians in the most incredible way ever.
When Gia was a young girl, she recalls witnessing the faith of Egyptian Christians, an experience that stayed with her all throughout her teenage years.
And now as a young adult, Gia again returned to Egypt and saw her peers (and even those younger than her) willing to risk their lives for the spread of the Gospel.
Seeing people willing to lay down their lives for Jesus Christ changed everything.
After witnessing such continued and unwavering faith of fellow Christians, Gia knew she couldn’t just go back to the States and live a “normal life.”
So, she quit her dream job and decided to devote her entire life to serving the persecuted Church.
The Christian Post reported:
“People my age and even younger were willing to lay down their lives for Christ and risk everything for the Gospel, and that impacted me so deeply,” she shared.
“So actually, while in Egypt, I made the decision to give my life totally over to the service of Christ.”
Many people hear of persecution or see it occur during a short mission trip – and while they may be saddened about it – they aren’t compelled enough to act.
But not Gia.
She was forever changed.
After visiting several countries around the world and talking with persecuted Christians firsthand, Gia decided to start her own non-profit to help those who are suffering.
Her non-profit is called For The Martyrs and seeks to raise awareness about Christian persecution and advocate for religious freedom – while also providing aid to persecuted Christians around the world.
She’s done everything from fly to the White House and speak to a then-President Trump, to even hosting a march in California with hundreds of participants to raise awareness on the persecuted Church.
According to Gia, Christians have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with other fellow Christians and fight for religious freedom.
In her speaking engagements, she has especially called upon the American Church to rise up and act.
Christianity Today continued:
“The Church in America eventually is going to have to make a decision of how willing we are to stand for our faith, to stand for our beliefs, to stand for the Gospel truth. …,” the activist said.
“I do believe that Christian persecution is going to be a bigger issue that we’re going to have to bring to a global platform, and I believe that the Church has a huge responsibility in protecting Christianity in not only protecting our freedoms here but in the freedom and the safety and the livelihood of our brothers and sisters around the world.”
And she’s right.
Christians are being persecuted all around the world and it is our duty to not only pray for them, but to care for them as well.
From sending Bibles, to providing tangible aid, we all can do something to help those who are suffering for the sake of Christ.
Cheers to young Gia for praying to God to mold her heart – and then being obedient when He called her to act.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
(h/t Christian Life Daily)