Islamic State militants have now reportedly abducted at least 226 Assyrian Christians over the past three days from their homes in 11 villages in northeastern Syria.
Men, women, and children from the ancient Christian minority are now thought to be under threat of the same fate of the 21 Coptic Christians recently killed by IS in Libya.
There was no armed resistance in the area, which now is under IS control.
Up to 3000 Assyrian Christians have fled their homes, worried that Islamic State fighters may make more predawn raids to kidnap them.
Some reports have upwards of 600 individuals taking refuge in a church in a nearby Kurdish held city.
Islamic State now has come to control the area of the villages – placing uncertainty on the unknown number of people not able to get away.
Here in Jerusalem there are both Coptic and Assyrian Christian communities.
They are praying for their communities protection – along with relatives and loved ones effected by the evil of Islamic State.
They are praying bravely too, for those captors to be forgiven despite the terrible things they are doing.
God knows every single soul involved. We can pray for His love, mercy, and protection to be upon those who are His… and that His Will will be done.
Friends, I can't ask you enough, that you kindly pray for the Christians here in the Middle East.
Pray that fear would not control people – but rather trust – trust in the Living Almighty Lord.
Isaiah 41:10 reads a good verse for prayer for these persecuted Christians:
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Middle East Correspondent