And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
This Christmas, fear is rampant.
Not – like the shepherds – from seeing an angel of the Lord. But from threats by jihadist terrorists and abusive governments.
Here is what our Christian brothers and sisters are facing:
- Islamic State terrorists reportedly called on ‘lone wolves’ to attack during Christmas celebrations in a message titled “Graceless against Infidels.”
- Boko Haram, genocidal terrorists in Nigeria and neighboring countries, told Christians to expect more attacks, especially ahead of Christmas.
- China turns churches into indoctrination centers for atheism and communism, and bans teaching children about religion.
- Iran raids house churches and jails converts to Christ.
How are Christians responding? With relentless faith in Christ our Lord.
In Egypt, Christians are familiar with persecution. Whether Islamic State or violent mobs of their own neighbors, Christians endure unrelenting threats.
When asked about the Islamic State’s latest threat, one Christian told us:
Will you pray for Christians who are on the front-lines of persecution?
Pray for abundant faith – and for protection.
And pray that the joy of Christ will chase away all fear!
Each Christmas, Christian Freedom International gives gifts for persecuted Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Several of our ministries share Christmas celebrations with their neighbors – so that others can learn the good news of our Savior.
Here is how Christian refugee students at one of our schools told the story of Jesus:
Thank you for praying and helping persecuted Christians – especially during this Christmas season.
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