ISIS Killing Christians in Syria
Below are a few links to current articles about a recent episode of Christians, including one a 12 year boy, being martyred by ISIS.
This photo is of an elderly Christian couple who escaped ISIS terror in Mosul, Iraq. They now live safe behind the Peshmerga held line in northern Iraq, the area known as Kurdistan. I met them in their tiny home, shared with several families. They gave me permission to share their photo. They told me they pray, have not lost hope, and “we just want to go home.”
I pray they can soon.
Here are some points I have come to understand since my trip to Iraq and Global Samaritan’s work to help refugees. These are intended to communicate what I personally think and why and how Global Samaritan is involved in helping refugees like the couple in the photo.
- ISIS is evil. ISIS is a great darkness. When I was in Iraq I was told, “The children in Syria and southern Iraq are born into hell, they live in hell, and they die in hell.” In this way we can say we are taking hope into hell, light into darkness. The genocide ISIS is committing is against Yazidis, Christians, and Muslims… Anyone who stands in their way.
- The vast majority of Muslims are horrified by ISIS. Muslim leaders speak out about ISIS on a regular basis and are often ignored by Christians in the U.S. If you doubt this, please consider broadening the scope of your news information sources. However, it is not accurate to insist ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It is also inaccurate to insist ISIS is representative of all of Islam, just as we know extremists are not representative of all of Christianity.
- Vetting refugees who come to the U.S. is a very important practice. I guarantee you the Yazidis, Christians, and Muslims who’ve been terrorized by ISIS believe it is. The reason refugees should be screened is plain and simple: terrorism.
- The vast majority of refugees have zero interest in coming to the U.S. Like the couple in the photo, they want to go home. And they want home to be a place of safety and peace. We can help them with hope and food until that is possible.
- I have Muslim friends who protected me while I was in Iraq. These friends are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled human beings who would lay down their life for me. These friends seek justice, mercy, and live humble lives.
- The pathway to peace is a long walk and requires patience and a willingness to give yourself away. Sometimes this “giving yourself away” is like the people in the stories below (see the links). And sometimes this “giving yourself away” is far less dramatic and requires you to be quiet when you’d rather shout and to be kind when you’d rather curse.
- My best advice is to be quiet and kind.
- Repeat after me, if it applies: I am not a geo-political nor world religion expert. I should not pretend otherwise on Facebook (or anywhere).
- Repeat after me, if it applies: I am a follower of Jesus. I should not behave otherwise on Facebook (or anywhere).
Global Samaritan plans to return to Iraq in Spring 2017 to see again the distribution of food and also to take a small team of pastors to go to the front with ISIS to pray.
Someone has said, “Sending food and going to prayer won’t stop terrorism.” This is certainly true. But it won’t hurt either. And this is a demonstration of taking peace to war and hope into hell. And that’s never a bad thing.
- Christianity Today
- How $50 sends food for 10,000 refugees and $20 a month sends food for 48,000 refugees
- Washington Post