Not stand by while the Christians of the Middle East are being attacked.
Pray the protection of Psalm 91 over my brothers and sisters facing dangerous circumstances around the world.
Approximately 40,000 Christians live under the rule of either Hamas in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Life in these territories is often very difficult, and sometimes deadly, for Christians. Radical terrorist groups and extremist individuals know that the governing authorities will not punish them for attacking or harassing Christians.
The situation for believers in the Palestinian territories is even more complicated because of the political conflict with Israel. Speaking out in defense of Israel can get a Christian killed. There is intense pressure from their Muslim neighbors to join anti-Israel movements. Pastor Steven Khoury leads an evangelical church in Bethlehem, and has paid a price many times for both his faith and his public support of Israel. He’s been shot at, physically attacked, his family threatened, and his church vandalized. But he won’t stop sharing the Gospel or proudly standing with his Jewish brothers and sisters.
Converts from Islam to Christianity face intense persecution and risk their lives in Gaza and the West Bank. The son of a high-level Hamas leader famously converted after growing disillusioned with the radical life of terrorism he’d always known. Mosab Hassan Yousef secretly accepted Jesus as his Savior, helped the Israeli authorities thwart Hamas terror attacks for a decade, and eventually had to flee to America because of threats against his life.
Christmas in the Palestinian territories surrounding the Holy Land will not be easy for our Christian brothers and sisters. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this season.
- For the safety of Christians being persecuted and threatened in the Palestinian territories
- For supernatural courage and blessing for Christians willing to risk their lives to stand up for Israel and the Jewish people
- For God to change the hearts of Palestinian Christians who see Israel as a political problem and give them a biblical love for His people instead
For God to use Palestinian Christians as a bridge for peace between Arabs and Jews.