Terrifying, heartbreaking and urgent request

Dear friends,

You no doubt are following the news reports of the persecution against Christians happening in the Middle East. We recently received this report from the front lines. Dr. Richard and RREACH are committed to joining in the effort to mobilize prayer for this region. Please join us not only in praying, but also in sharing this request with your praying friends.

Also, Dr. Richard is to be traveling to this region over the next two weeks. Please pray for God’s divine protection, wisdom and resources over Dr. Richard during his time in this region. Also pray that God would use him to bring encouragement and hope to Christians and Christian leaders there.

Greetings in Jesus name.

The situation for the Christians has being deteriorated badly within the last 36 hours, as ISIS has overtake new areas:

Sinjar ( North west of Mosel) and around = 30,000-plus being scattered around and on mountains as they were fleeing for their lives.

•Telkeif; Batnai; Tel Esquff ( I.e. Bishops hill); Bartella; Qara-quash; Al Gure; Ba’ashiqa; Bahzani.

Apart from Sinjar which is a mix of minorities, all the above mentioned cities are mainly Christians. ISIS has attack churches and raise their flags on churches; and call upon their gods inside our churches.

There was a massive exile yesterday and all night as the the Kurdish army have left their position and fled for their lives, thence people walked out leaving every thing behind just fleeing for their lives – I mean everything.

I was on the phone all night on the phone with brothers and sisters trying to help them find some sort of shelters as Erbil and Duhok were over-occupied. Families covered streets; kerbs; schools & parks. All churches ground being occupied with families. It’s a symbol of the abomination surfaced and emerged recently in this land.

We have called for urgent fasting and prayers. I believe it’s a spiritual warfare more than a ground battle. During my personal prayer and the intercessory group’s prayers I found it’s the old days monster, the old stingy serpent filled with hate and poison.

In Sinjar, they kidnap young girls and women and sold them as slaves. Kids and seniors died of thirst and hunger on the mountains.

I trust the Almighty for a Divine intervention, yet we need an urgent move of the Holy Spirit to turn the scale & balance of the situation on the ground.

We need all sort of help:

We need you pressing on your government and authorities to step foreword and get involved.

We need NGO to mobilise their gears and move into the country to save life and treat the injuries.

We need supports to provide: food; medications; shelters; clean waters; baby milk, etc.

Your prayers and intercessors will make a big difference.

May the Almighty bless richly always, Amen. Thank you

Sincerely Yours,

Rev. F. H.

Senior Minister/ Baghdad- Iraq

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator

 

P.S. One thing you can practically do is to replace your picture on social media accounts with the following picture as a sign of solidarity. This is the Arabic letter “N” painted on the houses of Christians (marking them for destruction), which is the first letter of the word Christian.

Persecution

Urgent: Brazil visa needed

Dear friends,

Please join us in praying for this urgent request below, received from Dr. Richard this morning. Dr. Richard has traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend the Lausanne Consultation II: Towards Biblical Partnership in Global Theological Education. He is to speak at the consultation and is co-leading a session on “effective partnership that links formal and non-formal education models.” However, upon arrival he learned that he needs a visa to enter the country.

Dear everyone:

Unless the Lord wanted RREACH to spend His money and my energy/time in this apparent waste, I am hoping against hope for a hurriedly granted, temporary visa into Brazil in the next few hours.

I took the overnight flight to Sao Paulo. Immigration did not permit me into the country since I didn’t have a visa. The last time I came to Brazil, I did not need one….relations with the U.S. were better and there was reciprocity between the countries. This matter should have been checked.

The airline should not have let me on the flight without a valid visa. They have already paid a fine for flying me to Brazil, and let me know that this happens every day! My flight to Dallas is at 9pm tonight. Friends are working with the one government branch to see if an authorization can be granted today, but they are reputed to be bureaucratic.

Humanly speaking, it is critical for the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers that I be at this event of the most influential theological educators in the world. On the other hand, God might be making me irrelevant to its success. I simply consider this as part of the kind of challenges we shall face in this next season. But I will labor, striving with His mighty power that works within me (Col. 1:29).

Would you pray that the Lord would open the way to get in? And that I would use the day well regardless.

Travel tired, but basically thankful,

rr

 

Thank you for joining us in prayer on this important matter. We will update the blog as we hear from Dr. Richard.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator

Urgent: Global Pastoral Trainers Congress

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers for Dr. Richard and for RREACH. We urgently need your prayers today as important meetings take place regarding the Global Pastoral Trainers Congress. 

As you know, a super typhoon has devastated parts of the Philippines. While Manila, where the Congress is scheduled to take place in 2016, has not been affected, much of the Congress’ national leadership team now must turn their attention from preparing for the Congress to the urgent need for physical care resulting from the typhoon. 

Dr. Richard and the RREACH team have been in prayer over the matter regarding how God would have us proceed in terms of the scope, location, venue and staffing of the historic event. 

Please pray for Spirit-led meetings, effective communication, strategic ideas and efficient implementation for mobilization of participants and prayer worldwide, along with follow-up considerations.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Urgent request: Pastors and Christians in Egypt

Dear Friends,

Greetings on behalf of Dr. Ramesh Richard. You have no doubt heard of the violence taking place in Egypt, a country in which RREACH has been blessed to minister over the years. We have received requests from some of the pastors there, which are listed below.

Please join Dr. Richard, the RREACH board and the RREACH staff as we pray for Egyptian pastors and Christians – including those who have touched and been touched by RREACH (550 pastors from 19 denominations at a pastors conference a few years ago and 18 young, lead pastors at GPA Egypt last year.)

The situation: 

Amidst protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, churches and Christian businesses and homes are under attack in multiple cities in Egypt. Protestors are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at churches, and there are reports that Christians’ homes have been burned.

The police and army are trying to maintain safety for all people and to disperse the protestors peacefully. In some areas these protests have been going on for up to six weeks, blocking roads and causing a great amount of suffering for people in those neighborhoods and those who commute through those neighborhoods.

Please pray: 

That the situation will calm down and violence would cease

For wisdom for the police and army

For the safety of all churches and congregations

For strength and protection for Christians in Egypt, especially for pastors there

For His glory,
Edie Ross
RREACH Prayer Coordinator

Urgent request: National GPAs and safety

Dear Friends,

Please join us in praying over an urgent matter. Two in our RREACH family are traveling to Asia and Africa this week for national GPAs in regions under a new worldwide travel alert. The alert warns of potential terrorist attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Our contacts in Asia indicate that the country is experiencing “major problems.” Please pray for the national GPAs and for our colleagues as they travel to and from these tense regions.

 

UPDATE: Our colleagues were able to safely enter and leave the country. Praise God with us!