Al's Insights – Mon 14 Sep, 2015

Please read the missive below and respond if you are so inclined. Thank you, Big Al

From: Janet Medvesky

Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2015 4:17 PM

To: Glenn Rinkel



Hi guys,


I just got this in.  Please pray.  Bravery like this, we are certainly unaccustomed to.  Love you guys, and thanks,  Jan


From: Judy Wray []
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 4:00 PM



Jan Moshier sent me the following text earlier this afternoon and asked if I would send it on. She was given the message from a pastor friend in Kenya. It was sent to him by missionary friends of his. This is happening right now. Please pass this on to anyone the Lord puts on your heart who will pray regarding the following:


URGENT PRAYER REQUEST! Prayer request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson: Missionaries who are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. 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 them to denounce Jesus. HE said so far not one child has renounced Christ and they have all consequently been killed; but not the parents!


The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid and have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have had their children martyred. Yet Dan says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His Voice and hands at this place at this time.


Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And, like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. 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.


One missionary 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 to be able to do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten – no matter what. Please keep them all in your prayers.


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 to. 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 its 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 pastor and phone him 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.


Thank you for all your prayers!!!!


Dr. Becky Peters

Professor of Education

Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs, Colloquy, & Lutheran Placement Concordia University Irvine


  1. On September 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm,
    JP - Amsterdam says:

    This is so shocking; AL: thanks for sharing.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm,
      Big Al says:

      More than a little shocking, JP

      • On September 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm,
        Andrew de Berry (Rev) says:

        Vile, vile, vile. I long for Celia and I to do something for a Christian Iraqi family.

        • On September 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm,
          Big Al says:

          As do we Reverend.

  2. On September 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm,
    One of the Peters says:

    This was two days ago. Any additional news?

    • On September 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Sorry, I do not have an update.

  3. On September 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm,
    mark matia says:

    Just said my prayers for these persecuted Christians. May the Lord grant them strength.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Amen Mark Matia

  4. On September 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm,
    reailty check says:
    • On September 16, 2015 at 8:09 am,
      Big Al says:

      thanks Reality Check. Did you happen to read my comments on this issue yesterday?

  5. On September 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm,
    One of the Peters says:

    Hi guys,

    I just contacted this Dr. Becky Peters office in Irvine. She is currently on sabattical and did not send out this email. She has not been able to verify the information in the email and it might possibly be a hoax.

    So for sure we know this: the email did not come from Dr. Peters at Irvine.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm,
      One of the Peters says:

      The message on her answering system also requests that this email not be forwarded.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I made an administrative mistake. This e-mail was not originated from Dr. Becky Peters. It originated from a lady by the name of Janet Madvesky as is clearly stated at the top in the From: section.

      Dr. Becky Peters apparently wrote the letter.

      • On September 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm,
        One of the Peters says:

        Hi Al,

        There are two parts to the post. The first one is about Kenya. Maybe the post is real. Can’t say at this point.

        The second part is about Iraq – a long way from Kenya, and supposedly written by Dr. Peters and forwarded by Dr. Peters.

        But as I was saying before; having talked to Dr. Peters office they are quite clear that she wrote no such letter, that she is on sabbatical and any such letter allegedly from her should not be forwarded, as it is not from her.

        • On September 14, 2015 at 7:07 pm,
          One of the Peters says:

          should read: written by Dr. Peters and forwarded by Janet Medvesky.

  6. On September 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm,
    irishtony says:

    It might be better to pray to the LORD , to put some love into the hearts of these brainwashed & deluded ISIS stooges……or just say to our LORD , Please end this now, as you can.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm,
      Frank from moscow CCF says:


    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Amen Mr. Irish

  7. On September 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm,
    John says:

    I will pray.

  8. On September 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm,
    bb says:

    A fraudulent message? Funny actually but why not?
    Effective I would imagine at garnering support for war.
    Has worked countless times.
    And no offence, but what better group to spread the word?

    Would prayers for the most successful groups opposing isis be in order?
    The Kurds and Assad.(who have been defending Christians and others)
    Maybe pray for our buddies the Turks to stop killing Kurds or for Qatar,Saudi and the U.S. to stop supporting “moderates” in Syria.

    Its all about oil and pipelines, the people are of little or no consequence.

    Companies building war “stuff” should remain “good” investments.
    Ill stick with PMs tho.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Thanks bb, in this very messed up world who know what is true. I do know that I will do all that I can to verify the.

  9. On September 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm,
    tom says:

    just always pray for the LORD’S “will to be done, not our will”…or the following prayer of the early Christians:

    Lord Jesus Christ (breath in)
    Son of God (breath out)
    Have mercy on me (breath in)
    A sinner (breath out)

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Thanks Tom

  10. On September 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm,
    Wiseguy says:

    Not sure if this is a true request or not, but regardless, there are many families in danger of ISIS just because they are Christians in that area. Your prayers will not go unheard. I am praying for the families who have lost loved ones for strength, protection, faith, and that the blinders will be removed from the ISIS eyes that they may know the Son of Grace and Love, Jesus Christ, through the witness of their victims.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm,
      One of the Peters says:

      I can tell you for a fact that the second part of the message, allegedly sent by Dr. Peters is a fraud – at least in the sense that it claims to be from her but is not.

      • On September 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm,
        Big Al says:

        As I stated clearly above only the letter portion was from Dr. Peters. The e-mail was sent, as stated above by Janet Medvesky.

        I will continue to clarify the facts.

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Words of wisdom from you Wiseguy!

  11. On September 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm,
    stewie says:

    What happened to Market Wrap?! lol

    • On September 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm,
      Big Al says:

      thanks Stewie, up now.