Helpless in the face of circumstances, we plead with the Maker of Heaven and Earth to intervene like only He can.
Rise Up in Prayer
God has a plan for the Middle East and He is using the trials of his people to accomplish that plan, even when we cannot see the bigger picture. Pray for them. Trust in Him. And make this cause a central pillar of your local church ministry.
Compassion: The Role of the Western Church
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.1 Corinthian 12:26
Action is a pivotal part of our faith. Caring for the Middle Eastern church cannot stop with interest and compassion.
That is why the Philos Project developed the Awaken project, to raise funds for those persecuted brothers and sisters, and to raise awareness of the plight of Christians in the Middle East who are giving their lives and livelihoods to defend their faith.
Awaken is a giving portal for Western Christians seeking to meet the needs of Eastern Christians who need help. Our staff diligently vets churches and organizations to ensure that donated money gets to Christians on the ground, and provides detailed reports about how the money is spent.
Funds from Awaken are used to:
• Rebuild Christian homes
• Provide fellow believers with food, shelter and medicine
• Support churches that are ministering to Christian refugees
• Create a safe haven for Iraqi Christians
• Distribute Bibles to every family to whom we provide aid
…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
For Whom Shall We Pray?
Pray for families to be strengthened around the hope of Christ. Pray for families to be reunited with their loved ones, and for those who have lost loved ones to remain steadfast in the hope that they will be reunited in heaven. Pray that their daily needs are met and that their children never go hungry.
The Persecuted Church
Pray that Christians will find places to gather and worship the Lord amidst their suffering.Pray that our persecuted brethren remain steadfast in their faith. Pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Christ and the salvation of their oppressors. And pray that this persecution is not in vain.
Other Religious & Ethnic Minorities
Several other ethnic and religious minority group have felt the sword of the Islamic State, and Yazidis have taken the worst of it. Pray for the families of those who were executed and for the immediate release of these innocent captives. Pray for the mental, emotional, and physical health of those women who endure and have endured torture.
Relief Organization & Aid Workers
These play a vital role in delivering aid to the affected areas. Pray that the UN be diligent and creative in assisting minorities, who remain the most vulnerable communities in the area. Pray for sufficient funds to meet the refugees’ and IDPs’ basic needs. Pray that they can continue to serve safely in such difficult regions.
Pray that militaries exercise prudence when needed and wisdom on effective engagement during this difficult crisis, that tribal elders act wisely and justly in this time of war. Pray that our leaders not turn their backs on our Christian brothers and sisters, and that regional governments treat their Christian refugees with kindness and goodwill.