As horrifically unpleasant as it is, the Christian church today needs to be aware of actions taken against our Christian brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. I know it is difficult to even read about this and often I find myself just skipping over such news. However, I am reminded of the Holocaust and how it seems the entire world overlooked those atrocities.
I ask you to prayerfully consider what God asks of us in these situations. Presently, I have no other answer except that I must remember these people in my prayers and the people who are trying to protect them.
Let us consider how we would react if our own families lived in these areas where Christians are being persecuted and let that be our guide for action.
PUBLISHED BY KATEY HEARTH ON MARCH 2, 2015
[EDITOR’S NOTE: E3’s Middle East expert Tom Doyle shares the following update from a Syrian pastor: “Glory to the Lord, Hallelujah! I have good news, God set free 22 of the kidnapped! They are back with their families now. Some of them are children and girls. Thanks to everyone who prayed with us! The Lord intervened and responded! Please continue to pray for the others. ISIS has the kidnapped 350 people.”]
Syria (MNN) — The nightmare is deepening as reports confirm the worst-case scenario: ISIS is killing off its kidnapped Christians, one-by-one.
At least 15 of the 300+ hostages have been shot or beheaded, and more executions are allegedly on the way. Catholic news source “Crux” cites on-the-ground sources, saying a mosque in Syria had been inviting Muslims to “a mass killing of infidels.”
In addition, a Syrian Christian told Reuters last week, “Some people have tried to call them by cellphone, the relatives that have been abducted, and they get an answer from a member of ISIS who tells that they will send the head of their relative.”
“All you hear are the horror stories,” notes Mike Dworak of E3 Partners Ministry, “but God is moving. God is moving.”
Amir, E3 Partners’ Syria Director, has been sending daily updates of the situation on-the-ground to E3’s main office in the U.S. On Wednesday, Amir reported the in-laws of one of his ministry colleagues were among the captives.
“I’m sure you guys have heard the quote before, ‘The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church’ — that’s a hard thing for us to hear, especially in light of this,” Dworak admits.
Pray for the families of these kidnapped Christians. Some captives may only be “cultural Christians,” but others are committed followers of the cross. Pray they can stand firm in Christ and be a bold witness of His love.