How to help ISIS victims

Source:             www.MNNonline.org

Date:                September 15, 2014

 

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Flag used by Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Middle East (MNN) — As ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) spreads throughout the Middle East like a plague, more and more people are getting hurt. Are you wondering how to help ISIS victims and those displaced by the reign of terror?

While financial support is needed, there’s more to helping people than just giving money. Food for the Hungry (FH), SAT-7 USA and Voice of the Martyrs USA (VOM) are sharing creative ways to be a voice for the voiceless.

How to help ISIS victims: Get on Facebook

Courtesy of Wikimedia commons (public domain)

Courtesy of Wikimedia commons (public domain)

FH and the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) are partnering to help Iraqi Christian families who’ve fled to Lebanon. The groups are currently providing shelter, food, education, and the Gospel to approximately 7,000 Syrian families in Lebanon and Syria each month, and they want to extend the same help to Iraqi refugees.

This is where you come in.

FH created the “I Am Your Voice” campaign to raise awareness and funding for LSESD, so they can get the resources they need to serve refugee families. You can give to help ISIS victims, or you can share one of these photos on social media to help raise awareness.

How to help ISIS victims: Paint a Picture

ISIS terrorists say they’re carrying out the will of God, or “Allah:” this can be confusing to people who don’t know the Lord. They might assume Christians and Muslims serve the same god, but we know Yahweh (the one True God) is love, not hate.

That’s why SAT-7 created their #BecauseGodIsLove campaign.

This campaign is designed to help Christians remind ISIS victims and others that “God is love,” as described in 1 John 4:7-12. You can take action by painting a picture of this message and sharing it on social media or by demonstrating God’s love to others.

How to help ISIS victims: Wear a T-shirt

This summer, ISIS used the letter “N” (nusara in Arabic, meaning Nazarene) to identify and target Christian homes in Mosul. Today, VOM USA is using “N” as a way for Christians around the world to stand with their Iraqi brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Are you “N”?
(Image credit VOM USA)

Wearing an “N” t-shirt doesn’t just show your support for persecuted Iraqi Christians. It’s also a conversation starter. When people ask what the shirt’s symbol means, you can tell them about the persecution being largely overlooked by major news outlets. In addition, half of the sale proceeds are used to help ISIS victims.

Actions mean nothing if they’re not preceded by prayer. Only prayer can change hearts and situations, and God’s peace provides the ultimate comfort. So, along with taking action to help ISIS victims, keep surrounding them in prayer.

  • Ask the Lord to comfort people who’ve been terrorized by ISIS, and bring them peace.
  • Pray for an end to ISIS terror in the Middle East.
  • Pray for the Gospel to advance, despite severe ISIS threats to Christians.

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