I c/p'd this from a missionary organization website that I am a part of. I cannot post a link, so I simply say that this was posted in the in-house member's discussion forum. It is not available to non-members. I know some will laugh, and mock. Some will be so foul as to make light of this. I would like to say that this is the precursor of what is called the Great Tribulation that will come shortly after Israel rebuilds the Temple, and it will not matter your sentiments about religion. It will be join them, convert, or die. This is the reality in Iraq at the hands of ISIS now. In no small way we have been desensitized to horror as it unfolds. So I ask you...I beg of you..."rend your hearts and not your garments". You don't have to be perfect, and you don't even have to go to church or temple or synagogue. Cry out for these so affected. Do not trust President Obama to be moved into action. He knows what is happening and he does nothing. There are problems in this world where the solution is not in the world of man. This is one of them.
"I received today the following forwarded email requesting prayer regarding the atrocities being carried on by ISIS. The missionary is asking prayer for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. Also how to minister to the parents and families of the martyred children:
""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 The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries on their own.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 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...
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically."
"ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our 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."