This message was apparently received by Auckland Salvation Army. It has been published in the Western Leader and Rodney Times:
“A friend just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer.
“He is part of a mission and ISIS has taken over the town they are in.
“He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus.
“He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed.
“But not the parents.
“The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own.
“They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths.
“He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred.
“Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time.
“Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances.
“And, like the children, accept martyrdom if he is called to do so.
“The missionary’s sister asks everyone we know to please pray for them.
“These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.
“She was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say, but I feel she believes it will be their last conversation.
“Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it.
“She told him to tell the families we are praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten – no matter what.
“Her mail broke my heart. Please keep all in your prayers. Thank you.
“Just a few minutes ago I received a message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI).
“We spoke briefly and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
“This was that caller’s message:
“We have lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh).
“It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too.
“ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working.
“Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN has evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!
“Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.
“I plead with you not to ignore his email.
“Send it to as many people as possible – especially your friends.”
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