We need to pray – and pray hard for at least 90 men, women and children of the Assyrian Christian community who have been abducted from their homes by Islamic State.
This happened in the northeast Syria at dawn near to a town called Tal Tamr.
Some of the indigenous Christians were able to escape, prompting an exodus of 3000 Assyrians reaching the nearby Kurdish controlled city of Hassakeh.
Islamic State's online radio station, al-Bayan, confirmed the kidnappings reporting that fighters had seized “tens of Crusaders”.
Understandably there is great fear for the lives of these individuals given what happened to 21 Coptic (Egyptian) Christians last week in Libya at the hands of Islamic State.
But there may be a different plan at work here.
There is much talk of Islamic State forces pulling away from areas. This week, Kurdish forces have successfully taken 30 villages and towns back out of IS's control as they continue to advance deeper into IS-held territory.
This prompts the question; Part of this may be due to the perception that there is an upcoming battle for Mosul which, in essence, is Islamic State's capital city for lack of a better term.
IS may be taking prisoners in order to force a swap with Kurdish forces who hold much needed IS fighters.
Another possibility, though less likely, is that in this area where the Christians were abducted, it is strategically important to IS because it borders Turkey and Iraq's north west corner which is firmly controlled by IS.
The Jihadists then could be trying to 'scare out' people who could potentially turn upon them if IS were to be found in a vulnerable position – or to make numbers more manageable.
Whatever the reason for the action, these people were seized because they are Christian.
My brothers and sisters in faith – please pray for these people in your family of faith, that God will bring hymn and scripture to mind, the comfort and protection of the Holy Spirit, and the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
May it be that their lives may be spared, and if not – God grant them peace of soul, strength, and surety in your Glory awaiting them.
Middle East Correspondent