You've heard the stories of Meriam Ibrahim and Pastor Saeed Abedini, a sister and brother in Christ who are suffering for Christ in Sudan and Iran, respectively. (A recent report claims that Meriam has now been freed, but according to Kristin Wright of Open Doors USA, confirmation is still being awaited.) The New York Times recently did a piece on Josef, another brother who is also suffering persecution. Josef is currently hiding out in Pakistan because his family is seeking to kill him for his conversion from Islam to Christianity.
These are just a few of the many, many stories of hardship in the Middle East. With the recent crisisin Iraq, there are even more. Canon White has issued a call for Christians around the world to support our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, both in wordand deed. We are to remember those in prison as though we were in prison with them.
Yet, we are also called to pray for those who persecute us.
The Muslim feast of Ramadanprovides an excellent opportunity for the global church to pray for Muslim peoples around the world. We can pray that as Muslims are seeking answers, God would meet them, speak to them, and show them the glory of the Gospel. I hope you'll join in praying for Muslims during 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, from June 28 to July 27.