Last week during a four hour siege in a church in Bagdad, at least 58 people, including worshippers, security forces and hostage takers, were killed. Iraqi Christians live in difficult and uncertain circumstances every day. While their faith is strong, they are also human and in times of unusual persecution it is easy to fall into fear and despair. Many Christians start thinking about leaving their homes and country, having the feeling of being completely forgotten.
We have the opportunity to reach out to these believers in prayer and encouragement. Because the urgency of the situation precludes having cards and letters sent by normal means, won’t you join us in sending them encouragement electronically? The responses will be collected into digital books and distributed via Open Doors networks and contacts in Iraq and Baghdad.
- Begin by praying that God would give you the right words of encouragement and verses to share.
- Write in short and simple English.
- Do not dwell on their plight, their government or on the blessings we experience here; rather, dwell on the Lord’s compassion and mercy.
- And please protect them, the work of Open Doors, and yourself by not mentioning Open Doors or your home address.
- Do include your first name and your state.
Father, you are a God of mercy and compassion. Today we lift up our brothers and sisters in Iraq in their sorrow and despair after the intense persecution that has taken place in their midst. Encourage them with the assurance of Your presence even as we send messages in Your name to let them know they are not alone in their struggle. We ask that You grant them strength and courage as they serve You in Iraq today and in the days and weeks and years to come.
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