Friday, December 5, 2014

ISIS decapitated 4 Iraqi Christian children who refused to convert to Islam reports on a recent video briefing by  Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad.  In it, White recounted the story of four Iraqi children who were accosted by ISIS killers.  They were offered "freedom" if only they would agree to convert to Islam -  by repeating after the soldiers some words of allegiance to Mohammad.

The children, all under 15 years of age, however refused bluntly.  Rather, they declared:  We love Jesus. We have always loved Jesus. We have always followed Jesus. Jesus has always been with us.'”

Canon White continues the account:

"The Muslims then again demanded the children to say that they will follow Mohammad.
“They said, ‘Say the words!’ [The children] said, ‘No, we can’t.”

The men then decapitated the children.

“They chopped all their heads off,” White said, visibly moved and holding back tears.
  see the video off White's account here:

This incident reminds of the story of Rev George Orji in Maiduguri in the early days of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. 

More recently in Afghanistan, South African pastor, Werner Groenewald and his two children were murdered by the Talibans who described Werner's operation as a secret Christian outpost.  A colleague recalled Werner's last statement at a meeting:  ‘We only die once, so it might as well be for Jesus.’”

ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Shabab,..... Satan certainly is not about running short of killer-robots.

 All these should serve as reminder to the rest of us in more comfortable climes that countless of our brothers and sisters elsewhere are constantly paying the supreme price somewhere, most likely even right now.

Might each of us ask ourselves, "How have I served the Lord today?"

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