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God Bless Us, Every One!

25 December, 2014

Greetings and welcome to The Countdown to see what’s new on the menu.

Today we are serving Christmas dinner. However, since traditions have drastically changed over the years, mostly our meal will come from pre-packaged storage.

As much as we wanted to prepare all the fixings, decking the halls, and giving big gifts wrapped in shiny bows and colorful paper, our hearts are drawn to those who can’t celebrate this joyous time for one reason or another.

There are those living on the street – sometimes just victims of circumstance and not directly involved with the outcome. Some don’t celebrate at all, which seems strange and foreign…until we understand what Christmas is really about.

But today, we want to focus on those who believe in the Author of Christmas, and understand what it’s about but can’t celebrate because they will be killed!

Yes, our focus during this season is on persecuted people who believe in God; Christians living in countries where the name Jesus is a curse and belief in Him results in death through beheading.

We’re not just talking about adults here…children by the thousands will NEVER celebrate it again on this earth because they have been slaughtered. WHOLE FAMILIES AND VILLAGES are being wiped out by thugs who worship a FALSE god, propagate evil, intolerance, and even kill their own family!

It’s a tragedy ROME REPORTS witnessed firsthand. Iraqi Christians forced out of their homes under the threat of being killed. Just a few years ago, there were roughly 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now there are less than 250,000. It was never easy to be Christian in the country, but even as a religious minority, Christians played an important role in Iraqi  society.
Going back home, seems like a fading possibility. The aggression of ISIS terrorists still lingers in their memories. But despite all the violence, their faith is still very much alive.
“We have great faith in God, our Father, and we will keep it now and when we go back home.”
“With the help of God, we keep hope alive. Above everything else, the hope of going back to Qaraqosh.”
More than 400,000 people have fled to Northern Iraq. In just a few weeks, about 70,000 arrived to the city of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, an autonomous region in Iraq.
They’ve lost everything and they live under these conditions. The yard of a local parish, was turned into an improvised refugee camp overnight. Here alone, there are roughly 160 families living under 64 tents. They’ve been here for five months and the situation isn’t getting any better.
DOUGLAS BAZI
Pastor Mar Yusef
“We have Christmas now but the problem will be after Christmas when all the lights are gone. What will we do after?”
PATRIARCH RAPHAEL LOUIS SAKO
Chaldean Patriarch
“It is a miserable situation. You have ten people living in a small place, without employment. The psychological pressure is terrible.”
In these conditions, it’s difficult to envision a Christmas celebration. Sarmad Kallo is a Dominican friar who was forced to flee from Qaraqosh. Now he is a refugee from Erbil. Just like Jesus was persecuted at birth, he says even newborn Christians are targeted.
SARMAD KALLO
Dominican Friar
“Christianity is born in a manger. Jesus was born poor and we too are poor.  If you think about it, Christmas is right here with us. Christ will be born among us. He will rise from this poverty we are living. He was the Savior, but He was also persecuted. Now we are being persecuted for believing in Him and his message. So this year,  we will truly experience Christmas.” [ARTICLE FOUND HERE]

Here is another article:

The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Raphael Louis Sako calls on Iraqi Christians to fast on Christmas Eve in order to implore the Lord for the return of refugees in Mosul and the Nineveh plains. At the same time, he asks the faithful not to organise “any worldly celebration” for Christmas and New Year as “a sign of solidarity with their displaced brothers and sisters, who are going through indescribable suffering.”[ARTICLE FOUND HERE]

Our final ‘course’:

We would like to announce that Rescue Christians will now be expanding into Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Jordan. This is a very significant step in our endeavor to deliver Christians from this current holocaust that is incessantly increasing in violence and cruelty everyday.

This expansion in our mission is due to our recent partnership with Hatune Dogan, an Eastern Orthodox nun. This saintly woman has picked up her cross and entered into the valley of the wolves, to tend and to protect the helpless sheep of Christ’s herd from the ravenous wolves who hunger for the blood and flesh of the innocent. It is no exaggeration to say that Sister Hatune is the modern day Mother Terese for the Middle East.

Here is a speech done by Sister Hatune in Germany that will melt your heart and turn your soul to action, for it recounts the horrid realities which Christians are confronted with each and every day in their forlorn hours…[ARTICLE FOUND HERE]

Perhaps you have been challenged to do something and you CAN! There are several ministries that are involved in extending financial, practical and prayer helps to many of these people – your sisters and brothers from another mother..

The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.”

As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.  Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Here’s some organizations that we’ve joined hands whose been doing just that and you can help too!

http://www.opendoorsusa.org/home/

http://www.persecution.com/

http://www.rescuechristians.org/

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    27 March, 2016 03:28

    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work.

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