Alerts

The Middle East Needs Bibles

Deliver Bibles to the Middle East. This Easter you can help reach people for Christ in dangerous place. 

In the midst of all the turmoil and violence that’s happening across the Middle East, Cru® staff and partners are working tirelessly to bring people to a saving relationship with Jesus, and disciple these new believers in their faith. But they need Bibles.

When God’s Word — alive and active — is released into the Middle East, you can trust that He will use it to accomplish His will.

Please join our friends at Cru to help provide Bibles to the Middle East. Click here to learn more and contribute.

Genocide Against Christians

As a ministry who strives to raise the level of awareness and education of persecuted Christians around the world, we need your help.

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines “genocide” as killing and certain acts “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”

Extensive and irrefutable evidence supports a finding that the so-called Islamic State’s mistreatment of Iraqi and Syrian Christians, as well as Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities, meets this definition. This evidence includes:

  • assassinations of Church leaders
  • mass murders and deportations
  • torture
  • kidnapping for ransom
  • sexual enslavement and systematic rape of girls and women
  • forcible conversions to Islam
  • destruction of Christian churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and artifacts

ISIS’s own public statements take “credit” for the murder of Christians precisely because they are Christian and express its intent to wholly eradicate Christian and other minority communities from its “Islamic State.” Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill noted in their historic joint statement that “whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated.”

The European Parliament, prominent members of both political parties in the United States, including presidential candidates on both sides, Pope Francis, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, groups such as Genocide Watch, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and American Christian leaders of a broad array of faith traditions, along with the Christian leaders of Iraq and Syria themselves, and many others, have called ISIS’s actions against Christians in Iraq and Syria genocide.

We humbly ask that you sign the petition organized by the Knights of Columbus and the Defense of Christians to help force the United States Department of State and Secretary of State John Kerry to designate the Islamic State’s (ISIS or ISIL) systematic killing of Christians and members of other religious minority groups in the Middle East as “genocide” and pray for persecuted Christians around the world.

Please click here to learn more and sign the petition. 

Humbly in Christ, we thank you.

PRAYER REQUEST ALERT: Egypt – Pray for Naglaa el-Emam, Detained for Contempt of Islam

Naglaa el-Emam, a well-known human rights lawyer and Christian convert from Islam, was detained on Feb. 24 by State Security on charges of “insulting Islam” in Egypt. Following her conversion to Christianity in 2010, she was fired from her job and disowned by her Muslim family. The outspoken activist, who has shared her faith publicly, has been repeatedly harassed by government officials and slandered by Muslim extremist groups.

Pray for the 200 Christians Abducted by Islamic State

As many as 200 Assyrian Christians, mostly women and children, were kidnapped in Syria on Feb. 24 in an overnight raid by Islamic State. Reports indicate that IS may have executed some Christians and destroyed several churches during an attack on villages near the town of Tel Tmar, close to the Kurdish held city of Hassaka.

It is feared that the men will be executed and the women and children abused, sold or used as human shields. Voice Of Martyrs contacts in Syria ask that we pray for the encouragement and protection of Christians in Syria so that they can be a living testimony in the midst of war.

Prayer Request For The Persecuted

Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Here at Sola Fide Ministries, we are deeply concerned about the ongoing persecution of Christians around the world and the endless war against us and the Lord. Whether in China, South America, Europe, the Middle East or even here at home in the United States, Christians are suffering under some level of persecution. In some cases losing their lives for their faith in the Lord.

We know that Jesus has told us “When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic” (Matt. 24:6MSG) or simply “dont’ be afraid” (Luke 12:7NIV). We also know that Bible tells us “though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Ps27:3 RSV).

The world is a mess! War in the Middle East, financial challenges in the global economy, etc etc etc. As a result, we ask you to consider the many persecuted Christians in your prayers. There are those in prison from Iran, North Korea to Venezuela for their faith. Those being murdered and tortured in Iraq, Syria, and Africa for their faith. There are those who suffer under “soft” persecution in Europe and the United States. While not considered as extreme as those in other parts of the world, we are still persecuted at some level. Simply visit our friends at the Voice of Martyrs (http://www.persecution.com/) to see all the evil in the world. Its also a great place to see how you can help those being persecuted. Non of  this should surprise us. Did not the Lord say that we will be persecuted by the world for our faith? Then we should not be afraid.

We should do as Paul said in Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”

However, we ask that you take it one step further. Please visit the many groups that support persecuted Christians and get involved. You can learn more about how you can help by clicking here: https://solafidedigitalministries.org/partners/ 

Finally, we humbly ask you to put on the whole armor of the Lord in your life and pray for all those in great need whether persecuted Christians, the poor, hungry, destitute, those in pain, ill, lonely, afraid, those in dispair and more . We are called to be Christ on Earth. So when the world continues to seems to be out of control, we can put our faith in our rock….the Lord. We can be sure that he still sits on the thrown. We can take comfort in the words of Jesus when he says, “These things must come to pass” (Matt.24:6) and “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev.2:10 RSV).

God Bless,

David