I got this email today from Dr Allen Hunt and am compelled to make sure as many see it as possible:
Youcef Nadarkhani sits in a prison cell in Iran. He is 34 years old. His crime? He is a Christian pastor. It continues to appear that Youcef may well be executed for his refusal to revert to Islam. For months, authorities have worked to force him to renounce his Christian faith and relinquish his ministry.
This past Sunday, on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted, I prayed for Youcef. And for others like him in a world where 75% of persons enduring religious persecution right now are doing so because of their Christian beliefs. Earlier this week, in Damatru, Nigeria, about 150 persons were executed when they refused to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam.
O Lord, forgive my self-centeredness as Thanksgiving approaches. Forgive my lack of gratitude for liberty, physical comfort, and democracy. Embrace those who are suffering in your name and hold them close. Let them know that others stand with them. Most importantly, you stand with them. Amen.
Grace and Peace,