Watch Focus: Ongoing Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Friday, Feb 20, 2015 Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters all across the Middle East. Last week, twenty-one Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS, and the video or their martyrdom was spread around the world. These were Coptic Christians from Egypt that were among thousands who had gone to Libya in search of work. The evil of ISIS and extreme, radical, Islamic terror is getting more intense across the Middle East. In Iraq, thousands of Christians and Yazidis have been murdered. The Yazidis are now at a point nearing complete annihilation. Today, reports confirmed that ISIS recently burned alive 45 Iraqi prisoners in a further demonstration of their brutality, as they continue to take over parts of Iraq, Syria, and are moving take over Libyia and neighboring Tunisia.
Pray for the families of the Coptic Christians who were martyred for their faith. Pray for the governmental leaders such as King Abdullah of Jordan and President Al-Sisi of Egypt, and other leaders in the Middle East who are trying to stop the spread of ISIS. Pray for our national leadership to have courage and clarity to stand against Islamic terrorists and to lead nations in the battle to save the world from extremist, Islamic terror. Continue to pray for the thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and other refugees fleeing terror in Iraq, Syria, and across the Middle East.
Rev 6:9-10, “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Deut. 20:4, For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
Ps. 91:5,6, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”
Ps. 27:2-5, When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
We honor the life’s work and impact of our friend and God’s, John Paul Jackson, as we celebrate with him in his reward for his tireless life of faith and his deeply ethical ministry of the gospel.
John Paul’s legacy is summed up in his own words, “God has told us to equip those so that when we leave this earth somebody else will know how to do what we do.” We know that his life and message will continue to minister to the Body of Christ and hungry souls.
We shared and do share John Paul’s commitment to Christ’s kingdom, his love for the glory, his faith for miracles, his reverence for the Holy Spirit and His gifts. May we continue dreaming and welcome the glory of God's Presence.
From glory to glory, dear brother, thank you for serving us with your heart of grace.
Our thoughts and prayers join together for John Paul’s wife Diane, their children, Micah, Aaron and his wife Jennifer & their children.
A fund has been established to assist the family with the burden of medical and funeral expenses. For information click here