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Suffering of Christians by ISIS Terrorists Is ‘Unbelievable and Makes Me Cry …

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Christian News Articles

A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect(Photo: Reuters/Rodi Said)

A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria Aug. 17, 2014. Proclaiming a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State militants have swept across northern Iraq, pushing back Kurdish regional forces and driving tens of thousands of Christians and members of the Yazidi religious minority from their homes.

A field worker with persecution watchdog group Open Doors helping refugees in Iraq has spoken out about the “unbelievable” suffering going on in the country, which is under attack by the Islamic State terrorist group, which is better known as ISIS.

“The suffering we see is unbelievable and it makes me cry every time I see something, either by visiting families or by the horrible pictures we see,” the field worker, who wasn’t named, said in a news release Open Doors sent Tuesday.

The watchdog group reported that most of the displaced people who have found their way to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, have fled from Mosul, Qaraqosh and other towns and villages on the Nineveh plain.

Islamic State terrorists have forced thousands of Christians, Yezidis and other minority groups to flee their homes or face death.

Last week, the U.N. declared the highest level of humanitarian emergency in Iraq, and accused ISIS of carrying out “barbaric” acts of sexual violence against women and teenage boys and girls belonging to Iraqi minorities.

U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov said that the declaration by the UN of a “Level 3 Emergency” in Iraq would “facilitate mobilization of additional resources in goods, funds and assets to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements.”

ISIS has captured significant territory in Iraq and Syria and declared the creation of an “Islamic State.”

Open Doors and other humanitarian groups have been working in the region in partnership with churches and other Christian organizations, providing much needed help to refugees.

“Seeing what is necessary, at present we provide food parcels, containing basic non-perishable foods such as noodles, cooking oil, beans, canned fish and rice. Next to this we also distribute hygiene kits that contain toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and disinfectants,” the Open Doors field worker added.

The watchdog group, which lists Iraq as No. 4 in its 2014 list of countries where Christians face the most persecution, notes that the ISIS terrorists “have no mercy for those who have a different doctrine or ethnicity.”

ISIS terrorists have given Shia Muslims, Yezidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, Christians and other groups a “convert, leave or die” ultimatum.

Churches in Erbil are running out of space to host people, as the number of internally displaced people fleeing ISIS keeps growing.

The field worker said: “When the church is full, the people go into other buildings or the halls of the church. If these are full, too, then the people flow over into the gardens or courtyard of the church. Also, several floors of buildings under construction are taken over by refugees as a place to stay. They are everywhere!”

The U.S. has launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and supplied arms to the Kurdish government, helping in the successful retaking of the Mosul Dam from militant control earlier this week.

The terrorist group has been fighting back, however, and on Tuesday released a video that seemingly showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who had been captured in northwest Syria in November 2012.

In the video, the ISIS militants threaten another captured American journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff, and call on President Barack Obama to stop military operations in Iraq.

“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by (ISIS),” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. “The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.”

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Pastor Was so Frustrated With Christians ‘Brainwashed Into Thinking That Jesus …

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Christian News Articles

Chad Hovind, lead pastor at Horizon Community Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, was so frustrated with “Christians who had been brainwashed into thinking that Jesus was a socialist or Marxist” that he decided to set the record straight, publishing “Godonomics,” a book that analyzes the Bible’s take on finances.

Hovind, who re-released a paperback version of the book this summer, said that another motivating factor for penning it was the fact that many of the Christians he’s encountered through ministry have had a plethora of questions surrounding what the Bible actually says about economics.

In “Godonomics” he argues that the holy book offers up tips, parameters and information that can help Christians and societies find their financial footing. TheBlaze recently interviewed the pastor about the book and what he believes the U.S. is doing wrong, financially speaking.

Read the exchange below:

THEBLAZE: What led you to write “Godonomics?”

HOVIND: I had two motivators for writing “Godonomics.” First, many in my congregation were asking if the Bible addressed the issues everyone was discussing, like inflation, deficit spending, capitalism versus socialism, and entrepreneurship. Secondly, Glenn Beck had just launched the idea of the 9-12 project and inspired me to use my gifts as an edutainer (educator and entertainer) to inspire and teach others that “Capitalism is not just a good idea; it’ God’s idea.”

Further, I was so frustrated with Christians who had been brainwashed into thinking that Jesus was a socialist or Marxist. Marxism has killed 90-110 million people in history and yet people still held that position. Jesus is no more a Marxist, than he was a murderer.

THEBLAZE: What is the book’s central premise?

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Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Christian News Articles

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Christian McCaffrey named national scholar-athlete award finalist

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Christian News Articles

Christian McCaffrey of Valor Christian High School celebrates his interception return touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Class 5A football semifinal game against Cherokee Trail High School at Legacy Stadium in Aurora on Nov. 23, 2013. Valor Christian won 42-23. (Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Christian McCaffrey of Valor Christian High School celebrates his interception return touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Class 5A football semifinal game against Cherokee Trail High School at Legacy Stadium in Aurora on Nov. 23, 2013. Valor Christian won 42-23. (Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Former Valor Christian star Christian McCaffrey was named a 2014 National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame High School National Scholar-Athlete Award finalist on Wednesday.

McCaffrey, who is a freshman at Stanford, was nominated by the NFF Colorado chapter and is one of 36 finalists nationwide. Five winners, one from each of five regions, will be announced the week of Oct. 9 for their previous accomplishments in high school.

“It will be a difficult task to select one from each region as the absolute best,” NFF president and CEO Steve Hatchell said in a statement. “Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments.”

The winners will travel to New York City to be honored at a luncheon on Dec. 9.

Former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was honored in 1992.

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Iraqi TV host cries on-air over Christians persecuted by ISIS [VIDEO]

by on Aug.19, 2014, under Christian News Articles

A TV host broke down on camera recently while discussing the persecution of Christians in Iraq.

Nahi Mahdi was speaking with two panelists on Asia TV when he was overcome with sadness over the travesties taking place in his country.

“(It is terrible) when people come and force you to leave your home,” one panelist said in the July 20 airing, translated by MEMRI TV and reported by The Blaze. “This is what happened to the Christians today.”

“Yes, the Christians,” Mahdi interjects. “Today… I cried at home.” The television hosts then began to weep, using his keffiyeh to wipe his eyes.

“This is one genuine Iraqi we have here,” his guest stated, as Mahdi gathered himself.

“They are our own flesh and blood,” Mahdi continued. “Some of them have left for Sweden or Germany… who does (ISIS) think it is to drive out our fellow countrymen?”

The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has terrorised most of Iraq and Syria in the past several months an increasingly aggressive campaign to establish a militant, Islamic reign. Over 5,500 Iraqi civilians have been killed, over 11,600 wounded, and over 1.2 million driven from their homes since January.

“I want to take the people of Mosul and the government to task,” Mahdi said. “They must take immediate measures to help these people.”

The Nineveh Province capital was taken by the extremists in June, and frequent battles for control of the Mosul dam have ensued over recent weeks.

“Our country is like a rose,” the host explained, “and its petals are the Christians, the Arabs, the Kurds, the Sabians, the Shabak people… these are all our countrymen. I don’t know what to say about this.”

“The Christians have done nothing wrong,” Iraqi poet Abu Al-Hassanein Al-Rub’i added. “They haven’t hurt a soul. On the contrary, they are a peaceful people, who love all sects.

“They are honorable people, with high moral values. They always maintain their sense of justice. We stand a hundred per cent in solidarity with them.”


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It’s no longer only Christians who shape UK foreign policy

by on Aug.19, 2014, under Christian News Articles

Canon Andrew White, the thoroughly estimable “vicar” of Baghdad, has mooted a proposal that was almost archaic in its nobility. Interviewed by the BBC about the dwindling number of Christians in Iraq, he suggested that the British government should mount an airlift to bring 20,000 to 30,000 of them to safety in the UK. Local churches, he said, would support them.

His remarks – which produced a certain bemusement on the part of the interviewer – followed a spate of accusations from senior Anglican clerics about what they see as the government’s neglect of Christians across the Middle East. The arguments were set out most forcefully by the bishop of Leeds in a letter to David Cameron, which had been written, he said, with the support of the archbishop of Canterbury.

In it, the bishop contrasted the “notable and admirable” focus by politicians and media on the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority with the “increasing silence about the plight of tens of thousands of Christians”. “Despite appalling persecution,” he went on, “they seem to have fallen from consciousness, and I wonder why.” The bishop of Manchester echoed his sentiments, saying: “There has been too much silence, for too long, from too high up.”

His observation is not wrong. Only four months ago the prime minister was saying that the UK “should be more confident about our status as a Christian country” – yet he and his ministers have been conspicuously slow to acknowledge, let alone do anything about, the expulsions of Christians from many parts of the Middle East.

And there is one obvious reason. Less than a year away from a general election in which immigration is likely to loom large and Ukip threatens incursions into hitherto safe Tory territory, the last thing a Conservative-led government needs is the arrival of tens of thousands of new asylum seekers, however valid their case for refuge might be.

This time last year, when the international outcry over Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was at its height, the government offered no welcome for Syrian refugees, insisting that it was giving generously to provide camps in the region. A similarly hard line is evident now. Germany, France, the Scandinavian countries and even Australia are offering homes to new Iraqi refugees, but not Britain – even though our role in the Iraq war could be seen as leaving us with some moral responsibility.

There is, though, rather more in play here than raw numbers of potential asylum seekers. The prominence of the bishops, and their stress on the plight of displaced Christians, highlights something else: the competing pressures on UK foreign policy from the demographic changes taking place in Britain. It is not just migration that will be at issue in the next election, but the ability of this country – with or without Scotland – to function in the future with a single, agreed set of interests abroad.

The conflicts afflicting what might be called the greater Middle East, but not just this region, pose the question with a particular clarity. The UK may be a Christian country, but it is not only a Christian country, and if persecuted Christians are privileged above other asylum seekers, how might this be interpreted by the growing non-Christian (especially Muslim) part of the population? What political or social effects might it have?

Consider also the latest fighting in Gaza. Whatever the complexion of the government, the UK has traditionally behaved as a staunch ally of Israel. This time, the government’s sympathy for Israel’s actions went too far for Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister who is also a Muslim, who resigned from her post. Lady Warsi – for all the scurrilous attempts to belittle her since – represents a big electoral loss to the Conservatives, who still struggle to appeal to voters from ethnic minorities.

There is a view that many, especially young, British Muslims were alienated from mainstream politics by the invasion of Iraq in 2003. That is only partly true. What they saw as Europe’s failure to protect Bosnian Muslims is where much of their disaffection began, along with an inherited identification with the Palestinian cause; it was confirmed by Iraq and is reconfirmed each time the UK indulges what they see as Israel’s excesses. At the same time, of course, many British Jewish voices have called for politicians to support Israel.

The point is that a mixed society, in which ethnic and religious groups can have their say, is possible, and Britain has been more successful than many countries in bringing this about. But translating this into a coherent foreign policy is not so easy, as different groups, wielding different degrees of influence, want to shape it according to their own, at times mutually exclusive, interests.

This is not a uniquely British dilemma. The Turkish populations of Germany and Austria are a factor in the foreign policy decisions of those countries, and in the US anti-Castro exiles who once dictated Cuba policy are being superseded by Latin Americans arguing for easier immigration. There are times too when diasporic quarrels – over Kashmir, for instance, or Sri Lanka – spill out on to British streets, in a less peaceable way than the now customary flag-waving opposite Downing Street.

The extent to which religious difference – exemplified by the Christian-Muslim-Jewish divide – threatens to impinge on UK foreign policy, however, is new, and will only grow. It is no wonder Cameron is wary of granting the bishops’ request to save persecuted Christians before others, but his very hesitation speaks eloquently of changing times, at home as well as abroad.

Mary Dejevsky is a former foreign correspondent

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Mosul’s Christians recount flight from historic home under ISIS threat

by on Aug.19, 2014, under Christian News Articles

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Aws, a 10-year-old Iraqi Christian boy, has spent much of his young life fleeing jihadists. Munira Aziz, 74,pictured behind him, considers herself fortunate to have escaped ISIS. (Benjamin Hall)

In a church in the northern Iraq city of Sulemaniyah, Munira Aziz lay in a corner, her hip broken, her voice almost gone and a piece of cardboard the 74-year-old woman’s only protection from the blistering sun streaming in through a broken window.

About 170 miles from the home in Mosul she may never see again, she was at least safe. She considers herself lucky.

“We heard the gunshots outside our door, and knew the terrorists were killing Christians,” Aziz said in a raspy whisper. “But we hoped someone might rescue us. We cowered inside for two days, then knew we had to leave. We gathered some clothes and left at night.”

Mosul, a home to Christians for two millennia, has been purged of them. Long a minority on the vast Ninevah plains, and accustomed to persecution, they nonetheless survived alongside Muslims. But when the bloodthirsty jihadist marauders known as Islamic State moved in, seizing Iraq’s second-largest city and announcing a caliphate of strict Shariah law, Christian homes were marked with the letter “N,” for Nasare – a Muslim term for Christians which derives from Nazareth. They were told to convert to Islam or die. Those who could, fled, said Aziz.

“There were Christians everywhere we went. In every garden, and in every door way, there are just so many with nothing and with nowhere to go.”

- Munira Aziz, 74

Unable to sit up, Aziz recounted her family’s escape from Mosul, where endless Islamic State shelling left her neighborhood demolished. Six members, ranging in age from 8 to 78, made their way to the Christian town of Qaraqosh, only to find jihadists had overrun it, too. The next stop in the painful exodus was Erbil, where they wandered the streets for days, sleeping in gardens and on roads before getting back on the move again.

“There were Christians everywhere we went. In every garden, and in every doorway, there are just so many with nothing and with nowhere to go,” Aziz said. “But I am so happy now we are safe, we are the lucky ones.”

In Sulemaniyah, they found shelter — and hundreds of fellow refugees — at Maryouss Church. More than a dozen Christians pack into 100-square-foot rooms to sleep in a scene played out at every Christian church in the region, safe at least for now from merciless fighters from Islamic State, the terrorist group formerly known as ISIS.

Several of the Christian refugees told similarly harrowing tales of escaping with little but their lives and faith. Grateful for help and happy to be alive, they bear the suffering of recent weeks with a fortitude borne of years of persecution. For many, this is not the first time they have had to flee. In fact, Christians here have been persecuted for decades, first under Saddam Hussein, then by a succession of jihadists groups.

Many of Iraq’s Christians have never known a real home, only the feeling of moving from place to place — always in limbo. 

A 10-year-old boy named Aws, staying at Maryouss and playing near Aziz, replied to a query about whether he wanted to go home.

“No, this is nicer,” he said quietly, displaying a hand-drawn Orthodox cross on his arm.

Aws’ father was killed by jihadists and his family fled their home in northern Iraq when he was a toddler. They rebuilt their lives in a village near Mosul, but now they have fled again, because, he said, “the bombs were too close, and the windows all smashed. Many people were dead.” 

His mother, who refused to give her name out of fear, told me she had spent the last few years saving to buy a home in her new village, but suddenly again had nothing. She cleaned the whole house before leaving it, hoping that perhaps one day she can go back.

Christians told FoxNews.com that converting to Islam, even under threat of death, was never an option. 

“People say it would be easy to become a Muslim, but my religion is everything I now have — why would I give that up?” one said. “I would die first.”

Their hopes now lie with the Kurdish Peshmerga, which, backed by U.S. airstrikes and working with Iraq’s national army, is fighting the Islamic State. They have won back control of several key cities and retaken the critical Mosul Dam. Christians hope the Kurdish fighters will help them regain their homes.

“Please, tell the world what is happening,” Aziz said. “Please tell the world we just want to go home. We just want to live,we just want to be safe.”

Follow Benjamin Hall on Twitter @BorderlineN or visit www.hallbenjamin.com

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Christian Bale and Wife Sibi Welcome Second Child, Baby Boy: Details

by on Aug.19, 2014, under Christian News Articles

He’s got a little batboy on his hands! Christian Bale and his wife, Sibi Bale, have welcomed their second child, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. A source adds to Us that the couple’s second bundle of joy is a boy!

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Us confirmed in March that the couple were expecting again. At the time, Sibi showed off a noticeable baby bump as she supported the English actor at the 86th Academy Awards in L.A.

“They are truly a supportive couple, he and Sibi are thrilled,” an insider previously told Us. “She’s been traveling with him while he’s been touring around for American Hustle.”

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The Dark Knight Rises star, 40, briefly opened up about fatherhood during an interview with Esquire in 2010. “The last few years of my life have been spent just watching animation — for my daughter — and getting a kick out of that,” he said. “I love anything that she likes. If she’s getting a kick out of it, I love it. I find myself tearing up at the most ridiculous things now, sitting next to my daughter while she’s watching a movie.” 

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His family, however, is a part of his life he would like to keep private. “I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly,” he told the mag. “But it’s not what I’m about in terms of being an actor. I don’t want people to know about that.”

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Bale and Sibi tied the knot in January 2000. They are already parents to a 9-year-old daughter, whom they welcomed in March 2005. Weeks before their newborn’s arrival, the couple were photographed together spending quality time with their little girl in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood.

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Rally for Iraqi Christians

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Christian News Articles

LAHORE

 

IN light of the deteriorating security situation of Iraq’s Christian population in northern parts of the country, around 100 Pakistani Christians participated in a rally on Sunday here in the city’s Cathedral Church of Resurrection calling for an end to violence targeting Christians worldwide.

 

Following Sunday’s Holy Communion Service at the Church, the priestly leadership, including Bishop of Lahore Irfan Jamil and Reverend Shahid Mehraj invited Christians present to join a protest regarding the state of their brethren in Iraq.

 

Addressing the followers present, Mehraj said Christians in Pakistan were concerned with the persecution of all communities regardless of their religion and nationality. He said an Iraqi group called “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS) was responsible for the recent spate of attacks killing Iraq’s minorities, including its Christian community.

 

In a special prayer for Iraq’s Christians, he said the Middle Eastern country’s Christians had been harmoniously living with the Muslim majority of the country for centuries, but a handful of foreign funded extremist groups posed a threat to Iraq’s multicultural fabric and made thousands of Iraqi Christians migrate to other countries for security and livelihood.

 

“I pray for the security, love, and protection of God Almighty at this difficult time in Iraq and other parts of the world. We also pray for the wellbeing of the bereaved families of martyred Iraqi Christians and ask the Divine Power to grant them consolation and closure. We pray for Him to place fear in the hearts of those responsible for the attacks, to prevent them from engaging in the merciless slaughter of Christians in Iraq,” said Mehraj.

 

Bishop of Lahore Irfan Jamil said the situation of Palestinians in Gaza and Kashmiris in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir was highly condemnable. Jamil said the international community, including Pakistan should intervene to stop atrocities and human rights violations by pressurising governments in these countries and the United Nations Organisation to act. Talking to The News, Reverend Shahid Mehraj said the Christian community demanded the Government of Pakistan to raise its voice against killings of Iraqi Christians on the international stage and pass a resolution in the National Assembly condemning the violence. He said it was a pressing humanitarian issue and just as the government had raised its voice for Gazans; it should raise its voice for the support of Iraq’s Christians. He said Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry should convey a strong message of condemnation to the Iraqi government.

 

Talking of the National Minorities Commission, under the process of being formed after the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict on the aftermath of the September 2013 Peshawar All Saints Church Blast, the Reverend said for the Commission to be fair and effective it was important that those working in communities should be involved. Shahid Mehraj, who was one of the parties in the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s proceedings, said he had been asked by the government to assist in the working of the Commission and a three-member judicial bench of the Supreme Court was monitoring measures being taken by the government to rectify problems facing minorities.

 

The religious leader said the government should make sincere efforts to address the grievances of minorities and not appoint loyal parliamentarians and political leaders to the Commission. Instead, he said, those working for minority rights and welfare at the grassroots level in civil society should be appointed to the National Minorities Commission.

 

Speaking of the Commission, Bishop of Lahore Irfan Jamil said the National Minorities Commission’s formation should be complemented by the government efforts to eradicate hate speech in Pakistan’s educational curriculum and in general public discourse.

 

He said the Commission should include Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs with expertise in education and social development, in order to improve the socio-economic status of Pakistan’s minorities. He said the sincerity of the Commission would

 

depend on its ability to hold regular meetings and keep a grasp on the situation in the country.

 

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Jews, Christians gather for historic Manatee prayer meeting

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Christian News Articles

BRADENTON — In what was said was to be a first, Jews and Christians prayed together in a Bradenton church Sunday night for Christians under attack in roughly 50 nations.

“The message here was that Jews and Christians came together to be a voice for persecuted Christians,” said Shirley Fenton, chief executive officer of Care Net Manasota and the person who conceived the idea. “To my knowledge, this has never happened before in Manatee County.”

A crowd of 75 attended the prayer meeting from 6-7 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton.

The event was led by senior pastor, The Rev. Joey Mimbs, who told the crowd the time had come for bold action on behalf of Christians and Jews under attack for their beliefs.

Mimbs said an estimated average of 322 Christians were killed for their faith per month between Nov. 1, 2012, and March 31.

“At least 1,213 Christians were reported to have been killed in Syria in 2013,” Mimbs said. “A total of 50,000 to 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in labor camps in North Korea.”

In Somalia, becoming known as a Christian is effectively a death sentence, Mimbs said.

Mimbs recommended two websites, The Voice of the Martrys and OpenDoorsUSA.org, for people who want to help.

Before prayers began, Rabbi Howard Simon of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee gave a chilling speech about The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group known as ISIS.

“The aim of ISIS is to invade Africa, Asia, Europe and

finally, the United States,” Simon told the crowd. “ISIS wants to wave their flag from our Capitol building in Washington, D.C.”

After the prayer meeting, Simon said the urgency surrounding ISIS supersedes all others.

“We need to join together with like-minded countries against ISIS,” Simon said. “We may need boots on the ground, but it’s not something we should take on ourselves.”

Simon said he was delighted to see Jews and Christians praying together against ISIS and other threats to religious freedom.

“If we had had groups like this in the 1930s, 6 million of my people might not have been put to death,” Simon said, speaking of the Holocaust.

After Simons spoke, Mimbs had the crowd break into small prayer groups to pray for Christians in North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, China, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and many other nations,

“I loved hearing so many voices lifted up to the Lord,” said Carol Mimbs, the pastor’s wife.

A prayer request was also made by Mimbs for Jews being persecuted around the globe.

Said Rabbi Gary Beresford of Ohr Yeshua Messianic Synagogue in Bradenton: “I was very upset this place wasn’t packed out with Jews and Christians. When Jews were being persecuted many Christians stood beside us. Now, we must stand beside them. There should be another prayer meeting.”

Beresford called ISIS, “pure evil” and said: “If we don’t stop them now they will come knocking on our doors.”

Mimbs alerted Manatee Religious Services about the unique event and people came from Bethel Baptist, First Baptist of Bradenton, First Baptist of Palmetto, First Church of the Nazarene Bradenton, Ohr Yeshua Messianic Synagogue in Bradenton and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee .

They also came from First Presbyterian of Bradenton, Harbor Community Church, Grace Bible Church, St. Peters of Lake Mary, Sarasota Baptist Church, Word of Christ International, Church of the Cross, First United Methodist of Sarasota and others.

“I told the Lord that something needed to be done because Christians are under attack around the world and the Lord told me, ‘You do it.’ ” Fenton said.

Fenton and Mimbs have traveled to Israel and have known each other for many years.

“If we continue to do what we have always done I fear the church in general will die,” Mimbs said. “We have to pray outside the box.”

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @RichardDymond.

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