A Call to Prayer for Christians around the World

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Homes of Christians in Mosul are marked with the symbol. Homes of Christians in Mosul are marked with this symbol.

The story of life as told in the Bible began in Iraq. Genesis 2 uses the Tigris and Euphrates, which continue to flow through Iraq, as markers of where life began. It is believed that faith in Christ began taking hold in Mosul, a city on the Tigris River, in the first century. For nearly 2,000 years, brothers and sisters in Christ experienced both days of relative freedom and days of persecution. However, they remained. That is, until last week. According to reports, the last Christian fled Mosul on July 27, rather than converting to Islam, being subjected to fines, or even possibly being martyred.

The freedom we experience in Montgomery, Alabama is rare, and I, for one, take it for granted too often. When I think about the plight of Christian brothers and sisters around the world, I am…

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