One and a half million strong, The Presidential Prayer Team has issued a request that we as a nation come together and pray for the families of these slain volunteers who were in Afghanistan to provide free eye care to rural villagers.
Atlantans lifts their prayers to God; and extends their sympathy to the families of those who gave their lives while assisting others to have a better life.
Among this group were six Christians who were there sharing Christ. In the group were two Afghans, a German, a Briton and six Americans. They were found slain in a remote forest near Badakhshan province.
The Taliban took responsibility and said they were killed as spies and because they were Christians.
The e-mail request from the Presidential Prayer Team is as follows:
“The attack was one of the deadliest strikes against foreign aid workers in the course of the Afghan war. It also represented the largest toll in a single episode for American civilians working in Afghanistan since a suicide bomber killed seven members of a CIA team at a base in eastern Afghanistan in December.
The International Assistance Mission, which has been working in Afghanistan since 1966, describes itself as a charitable nonprofit Christian organization. One of its major projects is a chain of eye hospitals and clinics. http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/
In a statement posted on its website, the group condemned “this senseless killing of people who have done nothing but serve the poor.”
The charity’s medical team was led by Tom Little, an optometrist from Delmar, N.Y., who had been with the organization since its early days, Frans said. The group’s website says its expatriate workers are volunteers.
(Source: Los Angeles Times and CNN)
Please Pray for:
1. The families as they await confirmation and any further news.
2. People grieving over the loss of their loved ones.
3. For International Assistance Mission and all their volunteers.”
Your Prayer Team
Jim Elliott, a missionary to South America, said just before he was killed “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep – to gain what he cannot lose.” He was killed by the natives that he went to help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Elliot
May the lives of these volunteers result in the same thing that Jim Elliott’s did. Those who killed him came to know Christ and started the Christian faith in their village. Later when his wife sat down to dinner with his killers she was questioned as to how she could do such a thing – eat with the same men who had killed her husband. She replied, “They were no longer the SAME men.”
A sparrow does not fall from a tree that God does not take note; and we can rest assured that these missionaries of faith were immediately ushered into the safety of eternal life.
It is the desire of this writer to thank those who are left behind for the love their loved ones showed to a turbulent land knowing that they did not die in vain; but for the glory of God. All who are born must die; and it is those who die for a purpose of this high calling that will receive a life never-ending. May the family know that they are not gone; but gone before.
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one, there is a national organization which is dedicated to helping those who are grieving. Grief Share a Recovery Support Group http://www.griefshare.org/
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