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
Subject: URGENT PRAYER NEEDED!!!!!
I just got this in. Please pray. Bravery like this, we are certainly unaccustomed to. Love you guys, and thanks, Jan
From: Judy Wray [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 4:00 PM
Subject: URGENT PRAYER NEEDED!!!!!
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The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own.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