By Theodore Shoebat
We are currently trying to rescue 630 families in Iraq through our contact Sister Hatune Dogan. In order to accomplish this laborious endeavor, its going to cost $1300 to rescue each family. We cannot do this without you. Please remember your brethren and donate to save these poor and helpless saints.
To help illustrate just how dire and dangerous the life of a Christian now is in the Muslim world, here is a message written by a persecuted Christian from Syria, in which he writes on how Muslims are trying to destroy Christian civilization. Please read and learn as to what suffering these saints are enduring under the Islamic yoke:
While Syrian Christians are struggling to protect their life and simply survive by living peacefully,unfortunately this was not enough to push the relentless war away and their unilateral position was not accepted in the ensued war that is tainted by hatred and sectarian bloody conflict. Christianity teachings that advocate peace, love and compassion were the only determinants to not engage them in the ongoing violence and let the victims of the carnages go up.
My small village in Homs, Syria, Deuair gives the full picture about the situation where the Christians in the neighborhood suffered the most in all aspects of intimidating, insulting, torturing and killing by the Islamic militants .A jihadi group largely consisting of Islamic militants calling itself the “Lions of the Islamic Brigade” invaded the Christian village of al- Deuair and began bombarding the Church of Isaiah the Zealous (pictured below), as well as Christian homes, leading to the killing of four including my father and sister , the wounding of many, and the abduction of four. Full story here.
What has happened is utterly horrific, and yet this massacre has barely featured in the Western media. Is the murder of dozens of Syrian Christians so inconsequential? The Church was vandalized, looted and graffitied with insults against Christianity.
The biggest threats facing many Christians in war-torn Syria are the militant jihadist groups linked to al-Qaida, which want to establish a caliphate across the Levant ruled by the laws of their extremist brand of Islam. They loot the churches, burn down the houses, ruin the sites and profane our relics. Their aim is to destroy the Christian civilization in Syria. See this video below for the pain of Christians in Syria.
In the same context, Here are the words of Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama describing what happened in SADAD, a Christian area in Homs, Syria
What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing. For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women…. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture… What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.
How did Syria go from an internal uprising to a wider clash drawing funding and fighters from across the region for a religious war? For the time being, diplomacy has won out, Christians are being killed daily in Syria silently and the blind eye shares the deaf ear the agonies of the persecuted.
The nature of the conflict is characterized by extremism and religious war between Sunni and Shiaa namely the Islamic militants /factions and the government, where the Christians have no hand in this, the prime responsibility of the Christian community especially in the west is to be proactive not reactive to the atrocities and to help their Christians brothers in Syria where there is no safe haven for them now and even in the future.
We therefore call on the Body of Christ to take up the cross of Jesus actively, willingly, and corporately, in order to implement the mission of Jesus. This will include remembrance of those persecuted (with prayer and assistance), understanding (joined with informed efforts to reduce persecution), and transformation (so that the entire Body of Christ is renewed through the insights of those who are persecuted and martyred).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all!
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