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STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

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STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM
PRAYER CHANGES THINGS
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Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may
receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Ages ago the prophet Jonah saw it happen. The population of the city of
Nineveh (in the north of present day Iraq) repented from sin. A radical change
came because he preached and God’s Spirit worked. Almost on the same spot in
the city of Mosul (modern Nineveh), the climate has changed too.
After 2003, Mosul became a city with increasing violence. Car bombs, attacks
and all kind of violence are normal in this old city. Civilians of whatever
religion and police and soldiers have been targeted. In the beginning of 2010,
there was a significant increase in violent attacks on Christians. In the
month of February that year, eight were killed in just ten days. This all
caused an exodus of Christians.
“Thousands of Christians have left our city…and that hurts,” shares
twenty-one-year-old Dawud. “I saw a lot of my friends leaving too,” the young
Iraqi adds. His family has been Christian for generations, as is the case with
many Iraqi Christians.
Open Doors worker, Daniel, says that as far as he knows the number of
Christians dramatically dropped in the second biggest city of the country.
Before the fall of Saddam Hussein, the number in Mosul was estimated at two
hundred thousand of the one and a half million inhabitants. “We believe the
number is now far less than one hundred thousand, many of them not living in
the city itself but in Christian villages around.”
“We started some years ago to pray for our city,” Dawud continues. “It started
small with just our family, but soon there were more believers coming to the
prayer meetings. Now we pray weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from five till
seven in the afternoon. Some fifty Christians in our city regularly
participate,” he says. “Because of our prayer, the city started to change. The
situation is different now. What I see now is that my generation doesn’t want
to leave, we want to stay. This is God’s place for me. I’ll stay; I will never
leave. And if I will be killed, I will be killed.”
“But,” he goes on, “the situation is much better now. We can go out as youth
again, even in the evenings. We can go to our meetings without being afraid,
we don’t feel insecure anymore.” His father, pastor of one of the churches in
Mosul, confirms that the climate in the city improved after they started
praying as a church. With a smile on his face he adds, “We even saw Muslims
becoming followers of Jesus.”
RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in the ability I have to take every issue I
face to the Lord and trust Him for the answer.
PRAYER: Remember brothers and sisters who live in violent societies. Pray that
fear will not drive them to leave.

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