This is from Chris DeRuyter. He is from our church and has done a lot of work in Iraq. I asked him to put together a prayer request for those he knew there and others who are in danger.
1. The Yizidis peoples are now living on the Mountain of Sinjar some 30 thousand families.
So far 500 Yizidis have been slaughtered by ISIS. The women that were captured are being sold as slaves by ISIS.
Please pray for their security, humanitarian aid (they are been starved out) and hope.
2. ALL Nineveh Plain towns, townships and villages (Qaraqosh (Hamdaniya), Bartilla, Bashiqa, Bahzany, etc..) are controlled by ISIS.
In addition, ISIS is advancing towards the refugee camp on Khazir river in direction to Kalak. Pray for the displaced refugees.
3. ISIS entered Telkeif and controlled it completely after the withdrawal of Peshmerga.
The unexpected withdrawal happened without any fight.
On contrary, all the indicators were that peshmerga are to advance towards Mosul.
All the peshmerga and people of Telkeif (except the Arab Sunnite) fled to Duhok.
Indeed, Telkeif was empty as the Christian families fled last days. Just few persons were left to take care of their properties.
IS raised their flag on Mart Shmoni Assyrian Church.
4. Spoke to a dear sister who was in Iraq last week. Since most of the Christians have fled to the north, the churches in Duhok & Erbil are full of IDP’s sleeping on the floors, in cars and on the streets. These churches are in desperate need of food, financial aid. Please pray that the leaders would have the courage to stand in the gap and encourage others in these troubling times.
5. Pray that there would be even more of a world outcry in the media to raise awareness to this genocide. We praise God that the US has stepped in to help but we cannot stop praying.
6. Lastly and most importantly pray that God would hear the cries of the saints and His almighty hand would move against this wickedness.
“For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.” (Psalm 72:12–14, ESV)