A local Christian lady dropped off a prayer request to the Churches last Sunday. The message read:
"A friend just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part of a mission and 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 the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have 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 The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own.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. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. and like the children accept martyrdom if he is 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."
In our prayers yesterday morning we wept for the poor little children, But -One thing we can know for sure; those children are with their Saviour and those parents will see them again. Love and faith will triumph over hate and fear and one day God shall wipe away all tears. "Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life." Revelation 2:10
"Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven"