ICC Note: We applaud the Presbyterians call to prayer for their Middle Eastern brothers and sisters but why wont they come out and say why the Christians need prayer?? They are persecuted by Islam. Why do so many religious bodies, news organizations, and government officials dance around this. The West needs to come out and speak plainly and shame bad Muslim behavior.
Presbyterians Urged to Remember Middle East Christians in 2007
For the full story, go to Ekklesia. Presbyterians in the United States are being urged to celebrate a week of prayer and witness next year in support of Christians in the Middle East writes Evan Silverstein for PC (USA) news.
The observance will take place between Easter (8 April) and Pentecost (27 May 2007) when every church and presbytery in the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be encouraged to plan events marking the occasion.
The idea is to lift up Christians in parts of the Middle East where their numbers are declining such as in Egypt , Lebanon , Iraq , Iran , Jordan , Syria and Israel/Palestine, said Kathy Matsushima, moderator of the PC (USA)’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network.
“Our prayers and support are vital to those vulnerable communities who trace the origin of their faith to the apostolic age, as they strive to be faithful witnesses throughout the Middle East ,” Matsushima said.
Last June, the PC (USA)’s 217th General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an overture calling on its more than 11,000 congregations and 173 presbyteries to take part in the week-long observance.