“religious cleansing”

Church leaders in the Middle East lament the rapidly diminishing light of Christian presence there, as Christians are forced from their homes and homelands by Islamist militants and especially by the brutal advance of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria over the last year. The “religious cleansing” effect created by IS’s threats and savagery looks set to replicate the effects of the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide that peaked 100 years ago, which depleted Turkey of almost all its Christians population. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to act in power to maintain a Christian witness in the region where He Himself lived His earthly life and where the Gospel has been proclaimed continuously ever since.

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