Voice of the Persecuted asks that you will participate, share with many and take this appeal seriously as if you or your own family were suffering. It is time for the Body of Christ stand up, speak out and unite against all evil in this world. Jesus said that he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. His power is greater than the power of the enemy. When there is a head-on conflict between the power of the enemy and the power of God, the power of the enemy will lose every time. It is time to recognize that we are the Church with the power that is rooted in Christ.
Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) – Hundreds of boys and girls in Aleppo, Christians and Muslims, will meet on October 6, to pray so that the spiral of death unleashed in recent days especially on their defenceless children stops in the battered city they live in, and throughout Syria. This is what Archbishop Boutros Marayati, at the head of Armenian Catholic archieparchy in Aleppo reports to Agenzia Fides. The initiative will primarily involve school children. They will also put their signatures and their fingerprints on an appeal to ask world rulers to put an end to the massacres especially towards children, who in all wars are the most vulnerable. “But above all, they will pray. They will pray for all of their peers. And we trust in the fact that children’s prayer is more powerful than ours”, added Archbishop Marayati.
The bombings and massacres of civilians in Aleppo have expressed, in a devastating manner, the fragile and partial truce declared less than two weeks ago. In this regard, Archbishop Marayati is able to provide first-hand information on what is happening in the Syrian metropolis: “On Wednesday – reports the Armenian Catholic Archbishop – the representatives of the government and the Syrian army convened a meeting to explain that soon an appeal would be spread to the civilian population settled in the neighborhoods under rebel control. The appeal warned that gates would be left open to allow the population to leave those areas, and head for areas considered safe, without fear of incurring in retaliation. In fact, many civilian families left those neighborhoods and were welcomed in areas controlled by the government army, confirming that the appeal had somehow arrived at its destination. For groups arriving, housing facilities were set up for the reception. But it was not a mass evacuation. Perhaps many cannot leave. And the appeal also contained an expiration date, and the ultimatum expires in coming days. New blood will be shed if the powers behind the two warring parties do not decide to really put an end to this dirty war”. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 24/09/2016)
Pray With The Children Of Aleppo Syria (JOIN THE EVENT)
The have faced death and suffering, on October 6, 2016, the children of Aleppo Syria are praying for peace to put an end to the massacre of children. Join VOP Advocate, C. Refsland who has created an event on Facebook to unite us together to PRAY with them. Please click on the highlighted link above to join this event. For those without a Facebook account, we will share updates to encourage and remind you of this event. Your PRAYERS can make a difference.
Contact Your Elected Officials (ACT NOW)
As they put their signatures and their fingerprints on an appeal to ask world rulers to put an end to the massacres, let us also help by joining them and ask our elected officials to do more and all they can. Click on the highlighted link above to find your elected officials contact information. CALL, WRITE and EMAIL them today. Be heard, send multiple requests. Your VOICE can make a difference.
Church Youth Group/Sunday School Leaders
This will also be an excellent opportunity to get our Church Youth Groups/classes involved by joining these children in prayer. Let’s teach our children the importance of prayer. To petition the Lord in a world increasingly chaotic. The importance of caring for and encouraging one another, even beyond our own borders. To be the Church, the hands and feet of Christ.