Christians have been given three choices, convert to Islam, pay an extraordinarily high tax to IS or flee. Now there is not a single Christian living in the city of Mosul. They have all fled. During the three year civil war in Syria, half a million Christians have fled persecution. IS targeted Christians by spray painting their houses and businesses with the Arabic letter “N” for Nasara meaning Christian. Christians in Iraq and around the world have adopted the symbol in a sign of solidarity and today many Christians will wear t-shirts bearing the symbol while praying for the victims of the genocide.
Today we are praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, Syria and other countries where lives are in danger simply because of their religion. We also acknowledge that it is not just Christians suffering under IS, but that IS has also killed many Muslims and attacked anyone that does not share their extremist views. We pray for peace and an end to the violence.