IRAQ - LIBERATION OF CHRISTIAN VILLAGE
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The video shows the aftermath of the liberation of Bartella, a Christian village in Iraq, from Islamic State control. Continue to pray with us for the preservation and restoration of the Church in this region!
Original source: France24
QUERAGOSH - 15 MONTHS LATER
MORE ABOUT QUERAGOSH
On 5 August 2014, an urgent prayer request attributed to Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International began to circulate heavily on social media. The immediacy of the post’s tone and the frightening content it contained concerned many social media users. Subsequently, concern for Christian children at risk due to Islamic State activity in Iraq escalated and prompted a wave of prayer for the people, especially the children, of this region.
The original message read as follows:
Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
“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!”
Since the message appeared in August 2014, very little has been reported on those who escaped death. However, SAT-7 (http://sat7sa.org/) came across Myriam, a young girl who had to leave home, friends and school behind in Queragosh. Listen to her testimony of forgiveness and love and her song of praise and adoration.
For a full report on the Queragosh story, visit:
CONTINUE TO PRAY:
- For children who are traumatised.
- That they will be able to return to the place they called home and live a life that children should live.
- For ministries like SAT-7 who reach out on behalf the global Christian community with love, hope and peace.
VOYAGE TO A SECOND LIFE
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A small, nine-meter boat approached slowly from the Turkish coast. As it moved closer to Lesbos Island, it seemed to speed up a bit. Orange blobs turned into human forms. Babies could be heard wailing. Mothers too. Suddenly, men were also yelling for help.
What will the first thing be that these refugees see?
Will it be a tangible vision of Christ with outstretched arms or another vision of rejection that they left behind? Regardless of what reception they get, these impressionable refugees will most probably base their future on the figures standing on the beach.
Thousands of refugees continue to arrive daily on the island, and Samaritan’s Purse staffers remain there to receive them—offering food, water, and clothing. If your heart is filled with anguish while watching the video and you wonder how you can make a difference, consider supporting this wonderful ministry. For more information, visit the website of Samaritan’s Purse at: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
In addition, please pray:
- For the safety of those crossing the sea.
- That they will be able to walk across the island once they arrive, and that they will find peace and security in a new life through Jesus Christ.
- For ministries like Samaritan’s Purse, which has distributed more than 20 metric tons of food to more than 27,074 people and 39,152 water bottles. More than 14,000 backpacks filled with clothing, hygiene items, food, and other useful items have been given out to women and children.
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“We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.” António Guterres, UN High Commission
During this season of spiraling crises, with millions of people already forced to flee from their homes and many thousands dying while trying to get to safety, the global humanitarian system has been severely stretched. Global forced displacement is currently reaching unprecedented levels:
- 59.5 million individuals are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations
- 51% of all refugees are children below the age of 18 years
- 86% of these refuges are hosted by developing nations
- 42,500 people are forced to leave their homes every day
- 53% of all refugees come from three nations alone – Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia
- 30 million people are currently subject to slavery
- 162 nations have slave practices
- 22% of these are subject to sexual exploitation
In this age of unprecedented displacement and suffering, the Church needs an unparalleled response and a renewed global commitment to imitate Christ, the Father of all compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3).
In John 11:35, we find the heart of Christ for those in need: “Jesus wept”.
Tears of compassion well become Christians, and make them most to resemble Christ. It is indeed a season for anguish.