One thing I want to continually keep before us is the persecution of Christians in many countries around the world.
This past weekend was a particularly bloody one.
On Sunday, a church in Peshawar, Pakistan was targeted by suicide bombers, killing 78 worshippers and wounding 120 others.
The previous day, terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. So far, 68 have been killed and 175 injured. According to witnesses, the terrorists told fellow Muslims to get out of the way so they could target Christians.
And of course, there is the ongoing carnage in Syria. Scores of Christians have been killed during the past two years and over 300,000 have been forced to flee their homes. Much of the persecution is by the so-called “rebels,” whom the United States is “helping” in that country’s civil war.
Globally, persecution is on the rise. During the past 100 years, more Christians have been killed for their faith (35 million) than during the previous 20 centuries combined. Currently, there is an average of 163,000 Christian martyrs per year. That works out to about 19 per hour.
It’s important that we not be indifferent to the suffering of our brothers & sisters in Christ. They are counting on our prayers to sustain them.
On Sunday, November 3, we will participate in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Stay tuned for details.