By AP StaffA U.S. church leader is calling on the U.N. to open a crisis hotline to help fight ISIS and other extremist groups.
The Rev. David Geddes, the president of the North American Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, told a conference at Georgetown University Monday that a hotline has been created in the U,D.C. area to help congregations deal with threats like this.
Geddes said that in his lifetime, the U and the UD have fought more than 300 wars, but the number of Christian victims of violence in the world has been only one.
He said he believes the number could be even higher.
The U.K. has said it will open its first-ever crisis line for people in distress and urged congregations to open it.
The U.A.E. also said it would provide support to any congregations that need it.
U.S.-based Baptist groups have also started calling for a crisis line.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of The Grace Church in Memphis, Tenn., said that the UB and the Bishops Conference of America will announce the number for an emergency crisis hotline in the coming weeks.
Jeffress said that he and his congregation have already begun the process to open their crisis line, and that he believes that the number will be announced in the next few days.
He also said that congregations should open their own crisis lines and that they should not be shut down by governments.