Let’s pray for the safe return of Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church.

This news is a reminder that Christians today continue to be persecuted like there were 2,000 years ago when Paul and Silas preached the Word of God. In today’s scriptures we hear about the suffering endured by them in Philippi: “The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison…” (Acts 16:22-23)

I do pray that like Paul and Silas, Bishop Yazigi and Ibrahim’s faith give them strength to endure this ordeal and are delivered from their kidnappers.

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