I got this email from Christian Surfers the other day.
|It is with tears in my eyes that I type this email. I received word this morning from missionary friends that ISIS has moved into new towns. They are going house to house and asking the children to denounce Christ - not a single child has, as of yet. They are then killing the children in front of their parents and leaving the parents alive.|
My heart breaks but remains filled with hope in Christ. As I "pray for those that persecute you" I am reminded that we are each engaged in this battle. It is not a battle for land but souls. Ephesiansreminds us that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood..." ISIS and the people doing these horrendous acts are not the enemy. They are blinded by Satan. We need to pray for their freedom in Christ. But, we also need to pray for our brothers and sisters that are standing in the strength of our LORD. We must remember that though the battle is far more subtle here at home, it is the same battle - there, the weapon is fear and persecution. Here the weapon is the lullaby. We must awaken that we are here to make disciple-makers by proclaiming the only Good News for this world - JESUS!
Please pray and forward this to others to pray. Below I've attached actual email communications that came in this morning.
A Text Message from today:
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are
beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling
food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10
minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of
Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and
will stay. Prayer cover needed!" Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of
the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its
extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this
region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it
before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group.
Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service
- making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for
our fellow Christians.
Thank you for all your prayers !!!!"
An email from the field
Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking
to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He
said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and
asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And
so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has
withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick
it out for the sake of the families - even if it means their own deaths. They
are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families
who have had seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called
them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.
Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation
in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they
are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in
their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss
with your prayers for hope and perseverance.