In 2014 in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, Iraqi Christians are fleeing their homes after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”. Their houses were marked with the Arabic letter N, which stands for the word Nasrani, meaning Christian in Arabic.
In protest to this ultimatum, many Christians stood alongside their persecuted brothers and sisters by sharing the hashtag #wearen and changing their social media profile image to the Arabic N symbol. However, IS continued to wreak havoc and destruction on the Christian communities living in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
Have we forgotten about the Christians being persecuted by IS?
The writer of Hebrews reminds us not to forget our brothers and sisters who are in chains but to remember them as if we were bound with them (Hebrews 13:3).
This horrific destruction against these Christians continues still today in areas occupied by IS. Recently, on 20 June in Erbil, three people, who were part of a memorial for Christians killed during the first world war, were killed by a suicide bomber. View story.
We need to continue to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters by praying for them and showing our willingness to stand with them.
What you can do this week.
Show your solidarity by making your social media page the ‘N’ symbol again. You can download it from here.
- Pray that through these terrible events people will come to know Jesus and the love and compassion He has to offer.
- Pray for Islamic State, that those fighting will repent and turn to Jesus.
- Pray for the Christians still fleeing, that they will find comfort in the promises of God, knowing that He will never leave or forsake them.
Share this with a friend and make them aware of what they can do.