Sunday, in Dallas, Texas several hundred Christians from area churches gathered together in front of Dallas City Hall to show love and support for those being persecuted in Iraq.
The Islamic group ISIS targeted the churches in Iraq and marked their homes with the Arabic “N” in the same way that the Nazis marked the Jews they killed.
The theme of the rally was Hebrews 13 which calls for Christians to suffer with those who suffer.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Heb 13:3 (KJV)
The group gathered to pray for the persecuted!
“Lord, first we are grateful for the rights that you give us…The rights to assemble, the freedom of worship,” Pastor Jim Mann of New Life Church of Denton prayed, “We don’t recognize those rights coming from our government they come from you,” he continued, “We assemble together as one body, today our body is broken, our body hurts. You tell us to love those who are being persecuted even as if your own bodies were being broken. You tell us Lord to rejoice with those who rejoice to weep with those who weep. You tell us there’s one body, there’s one Baptism, there’s one Spirit. So, these are our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. So we pray for them – we lift them to you oh God..
Pastor Mann continues, “There doesn’t seem to be much we can do, but we can beseech you the God of the Universe, Almighty God, to intervene on their behalf. We can speak up and let our voices be heard….Lord about your church, that we would awaken. Awaken to your grace, awaken to our eroding freedoms Lord, that we would take a stand. Lord, that one day- if the day ever comes, God forbid, that we are called to take the sign of the Nazarene on us, that we would take it with pride and we would take a stand for you..Holy Spirit fill us, break our hearts for our brothers and sisters.”
“There’s only one church, there’s only one church. Jesus is coming back for one Church. What they suffer – we suffer,” said Pastor Billy Grate, “We’re not asking the government to move for us- we’re asking Jesus to move for us.”
Other pastors who attended or spoke at the rally included Minister Clarence Davis of Full Gospel Holiness Church and Pastor Stephen Broden from Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas as well as Iraqi born Pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas, who helped organize the event.
Pastor Broden called for the immediate defunding of all US Tax dollars to countries that allow Christian persecution and Pastor Dawood warned that what is happening in Iraq could come to the United States.
Christians are being killed, their children are being sown in half…and much of this is happening on our watch, Pastor Broden told the crowd. He said they had an obligation to speak up.
“God we ask that you would quicken not only us but other pastors around the world to their God-given duty, to their God-given right to stand with your people.,” Minister Clarence Davis prayed.
Brothers from Iraq and Assyria also prayed in Assyrian for the persecuted:
Also present were Arab and Assyrian Christians from Palestine and Iran who led the group in chants for the suffering:
Iraqi born pastor, Jalil Dawood told the crowd that they want the world to know the Christians in Iraq are suffering, “These people need help and we are here to voice that,” Dawood told the crowd, “If we say nothing, do nothing, we are accountable before the Lord. We will give an account before the Lord that we did nothing.”
“I want you to pray for these people, I want you to pray for them every day, because these people are hurting,” Dawood stated, “And I’m talking about 250,000 people in Iraq alone, who lost their families, their lives….And I thank God for this country that we are able to speak. What I am saying to you right now in the Middle East I’ll be in prison. In a Muslim country I’ll be killed. But, I thank God for this nation that we can speak.We pray for this nation that the freedom will continue…We need to stand here for the weaker over there, Amen?”
As the group assembled in the late afternoon the Christian Motorcycle Club arrived to offer support to the group:
Those who attended came from across the Dallas metroplex including, Plano, Denton, Sanger, Little Elm, Arlington, Ft Worth and surrounding counties.
Despite the group sending out press releases to every news outlet in the state of Texas including e-mails and phone calls only a few media outlets bothered to show up at the rally.
CBS channel 11 came and filed this report:
Despite censorship from the secular and main stream media ( MSM), the Christian media took an interest in the rally and media outlets such as WorldNet Daily KDKR, and the Janet Mefford Show, Janet Folger, and the Christian Post ( links below), Point of View Radio, AFR radio and others filed reports before the rally:
5 Things Americans Can Do to Help Persecuted Christians in Iraq (Christian Post)
Many of those interviews can be heard here.