The Persecuted Church: 10 Year Old Iraqi Christian Refugee Amazes with Her Faith, Joy and Forgiveness; Pastor Saeed Left Shaken; End Times Prophecy According to Islamists; Ukrainian Church Seized Again by Militants Though They Help Provide Food and Shelter

Update: Stories of shocking forgiveness from Christians like 10 year old refugee Myriam and the families of Egyptian Christians beheaded by ISIS have set Arab social media ablaze and even got the attention of Arab media that usually doesn't give time/attention to Christians

Here is Myriam. 
I was very moved by this young girl's faith, joy in the midst of hardship and willingness to forgive. Surely, she is a follower of Jesus, doing as He Himself had done when severely mistreated by others.

Here is a follow-up radio program interview with her in which she sings for the host. It's adorable that she is so excited she gives the host barely a moment to respond throughout. 

She sings a hymn with meaning so much more powerful considering her circumstances: 

Pastor Saeed Left "Shaken" as He Witnessed the Beating of Fellow Prisoners Who Were Also Led to the Gallows

End-Times Eschatology According to Islam

Caleb Suko, missionary to Ukraine gives this update:

Last September I shared with you how armed men stormed into this church in Antratsit, Lugansk region of Eastern Ukraine and seized their church building.

church antratsit

This church was actively feeding hundreds of people and providing a bomb shelter for dozens of disabled people.

Miraculously their building was returned a couple of months later in a shocking answer to prayer.

Sadly, I received word from one of the church leaders this week telling me that their building was seized for a second time!

(note: this is only a portion of the story, click here for the full story from Caleb's webpage)

- both of these are great resources to keep up-to-date with what is going on for the purpose of praying and perhaps even supporting churches and individual Christians on the front-line of the spiritual conflict there.

Where is Antratsyt?  Apparently, 20 miles from the Russian border. 

Caleb Suko states, "Antratsit is a city of just over 100,000 people on the highway that links Lughansk and Donetsk with the Russian Federation. This means it is of special interest to the Russian backed separatist because of its strategic location!"

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