Watch Focus: Christian Refugees Fleeing Iraq and Syria

FRIDAY, Aug 21, 2015 A quote from a recent Charles Krauthammer article in the New Hampshire Union Leader states, "Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. …In those large swaths of Syria and Iraq where Islamic State rules, the consequences for Christians are terrible--enslavement, exile, torture, massacre, crucifixion." The only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe is Israel.

Please pray for our suffering Christian brothers and sisters in this region, the birthplace of our Savior. Pray also for other minorities, like the Yazidis, who have also suffered terribly. Thousands have been killed, tortured, and their women sold into sex slavery. Much of the Western mainstream media and the present U.S. administration have downplayed the massive Christian suffering in the Middle East.

Pray for God's protective covering over these thousands trying to flee ISIS. Bless the nations that have opened their hearts and homes for these real refugees. Pray for the various Christian organizations helping provide food, shelter, and medicine. This ministry has over the years assisted the strategic work of Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad", who is continuing his humanitarian aid with these Christian Arab refugees. Pray for Canon Andrew White and many other brave men and women who provide assistance in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Let us also bind the demonic principality that has been loosed over the Middle East. Pray for the total defeat of ISIS and all its allies.

Ps. 91:9-11,  “Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” 

Romans 8:36-37, "For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" 

2 Cor. 12:10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Isaiah 19:23-25, “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’”

Zech 7:9, "Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.'"

Deut. 10:18-19, "He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

Isa. 1:17, "Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow."

Ps. 10:14; Luke 1:52-53; Luke 10:25-37

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