Urgent Prayer Request

Please see the prayer request below. Please pray for all involved.



This is a forwarded e-mail from one of my dear BSF friends from
many years ago.


ISIS is killing many Christians that the WORLD NEWS is
not reporting to us. Please be much in prayer. We recently received
these two emails from missionary friends, one yesterday and one this
morning. I pass it on so that people can pray specifically for our
brothers and sisters.

This is so sad. A friend from Ohio just got a text message from her
brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part
of a mission team and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today.
He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the
Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far
not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But
not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries on their
own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families
– even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea
how to even begin ministering to these families who have had seen
their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for
some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even
so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in
such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he
is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please
pray for them.
These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children
that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with
your prayers for hope and perseverance. She was able to talk to her
brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say it but I believe she believes
it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just
kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to
tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or
forgotten — no matter what. Her e mail broke my heart. Please keep
all in your prayers.Thanks

This came this morning…
Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my
phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We
then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share
this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.”We lost the city of
Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children
systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS
has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of
where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of
Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in Erbil. Our team is
unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”Please pray sincerely for
the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible
advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion
or death for Christians across this region.May I plead with you not to
ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through
it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends
and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to
your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service –
making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap
for our fellow Christians.

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love
mercifully and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8 We
Pray: Let the One Holy Christian Church cry out to God Almighty this
prayer of the Saints and Martyrs from Revelation 6 “How long,
Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the
earth and avenge our blood?” Lord, we find this Word from the Lord to
be our strength and our salvation because it speaks of God’s final
word over and above all evil, hatred, suffering, persecution and
death. The killing and murder of innocent Christians, whose blood is
spilled for Christ’s sake will not be spilled in vain. O Lord, You
will indeed avenge the blood of those who are martyred for the sake of
Your holy name. And so, indeed we do pray with the whole Church, come
quickly Lord Jesus! Betty Southard
“A friend is one
that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts
what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
William Shakespeare

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