Martyr Tribute for Iraqi Christians: Suzan Latif David, Muna Banna David, Basil Shaba
Twenty four hundred years ago Babylon took Israel captive and a young man named Daniel astounded King Nebuchadnezzar and his court by defying persecution, miraculously escaping death and prophesying the fall of the Babylonian empire. Babylon fell, but persecution in the modern country of Iraq continues today, oppressing Christian believers, taking their earthly lives but not their inheritance in the Kingdom of God.
On April 26th of 2009, gunmen shot five Chaldean Christians in their Kirkuk homes killing three; Suzan Latif David, Muna Banna David and Basil Shaba. Christians in the area believe that since Kirkuk has been able to avoid recent sectarian bloodshed, these three were targeted because of their Christian faith.
“…Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:34b
Please join Open Doors and all Christians around the world in remembering Suzan Latif David, Muna Banna David, and Basil Shaba, and the witness of their lives as they worshipped the God who is greater than any earthly king. Please pray for their families, that in knowledge of the coming return of Jesus, they can trust God for all he has promised now and in his future Kingdom. Please pray for all people in Iraq, that Christians conquer on-going persecution through their faith in Jesus Christ, and that in the shadows of the rubble of once great Babylon, the Holy Spirit reveals to non-Christians the foreshadowing of the true and returning Messiah, Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
“How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:3) Our heavenly Father, you alone we lift on high as the eternal King. Today we remember the lives of Suzan Latif David, Muna Banna David, and Basil Shaba, your servants on earth, now part of your eternal kingdom in heaven. We pray for their families that in trusting your promises for today as well as the promise of your coming kingdom, they find courage and comfort for their lives and feel your presence, so that they might conquer daily persecution. We also pray Father that unbelievers in Iraq hear the call of the Kingdom to step into the light, and that they come to see that the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was made for their souls as well and that they accept him as their Lord and Savior. Amen
If this story has touched you, please pray with us below:
Additional Prayer Alerts
A group of masked gunmen burst into the Sunday morning service in Michoac, Mexico, firing machine guns in the air. Stunned worshippers watched helplessly as the gunmen abducted their pastor, Josue Ramirez Santiago. His captors have since demanded a large ransom for his return.
Two weeks ago, Christians in Ho Chi Minh City were overjoyed during the historic centennial celebrations of the church in Vietnam where Luis Palau spoke to thousands of worshippers. But last weekend in Hanoi city, authorities denied Easter service at an event where Palau was again scheduled to speak. Once filled with hope, church leaders now feel the future of the church in Vietnam is uncertain.
As political protests and calls for reform continue to rock the Middle East, Christians in Syria are fasting and praying for God’s protection as uncertainty grows regarding whether the Syrian government will retain power and continue to protect vulnerable minority religious groups in the face of increasing threats from Muslim groups.
Nadia was locked in a cold isolation cell when suddenly she felt a warm air blowing in her face. Unknowingly, at that moment, Christians were praying for her! “Prayer works out great things… that one of your Christian brothers or sisters were blessed at the right the moment you interceded for them,” says Michael, a fieldworker in the Middle East.