Yet since the collapse of secular leaders in the region, Islamists like ISIS have filled the vacuum with a toxic and intolerant campaign against Christians.

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There is no more persecuted, and yet more disregarded minority in the world than Christians. Over 90 countries ban or restrict Christian belief, most of them in the Middle East.

For centuries, Christians have lived, worked and prayed in the Middle East. Indeed, that region was the birth place of Christianity.

Yet since the collapse of secular leaders in the region, Islamists like ISIS have filled the vacuum with a toxic and intolerant campaign against Christians.

We have seen ancient churches and monasteries looted and converted to mosques.

In ISIS territory, Christian women and girls are sold in sex slave markets, whilst male Christians are forced to sign contracts that officially relegate them to second class status.

There are reports that over 1,000 Christians have been murdered by ISIS in 2014 alone.

Yet the world looks on.

Groups like the Barnabas Fund, Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors courageously remind the world of the plight of Christians in the Middle East.Let us not forget them.

As Ephesians 6:18 says, Christians should always pray for other believers, wherever they are.

 

 

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