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Following the latest outrage in Mosul, northern Iraq, whereby Christians are being forced to convert to Islam or face death if they refuse to pay the Jizya religious tax, many, if not all, have fled as their properties are confiscated and churches ransacked,
 
there are two events that you might like to consider attending and in the case of the St Paul’s prayer vigil service, for those not having an evening service,  advertise in your congregations.
 

Leaders of Australian churches with Middle Eastern heritage have organised a rally with various speakers at 1:30pm in Federation Square this Saturday August 2 to show solidarity with our persecuted Iraqi brothers and sisters in particular (I apologise for late advise, I only heard today)

 

The Victorian Council of Churches is conjunction with St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a Choral Evening Service with Prayers for the Church in the Middle East on Sunday, 10 August at 6pm. The Preacher will be the Revd Sean Winter (Baptist Church, Associate Professor, The University of Divinity) with members of the Middle Eastern Churches reading Scriptures and leading in prayer.

 

- See more at: http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/john-short-coming-home-north-korea-ten-thousand-thanks-australias-christians#sthash.rzjDWzi2.dpuf- See more at: http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/john-short-coming-home-north-korea-ten-thousand-thanks-australias-christians#sthash.rzjDWzi2.dpuf