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Gratitude with a Vengeance

Dear Friend,

This morning I tumbled out of bed and it struck me, “Oh no I didn’t thank Uncle Tom who took great trouble recently to track me down and release a lavish prayer of blessing.”

I forgot about it one more time, then remembered again. This time I was going to FOR SURE write a proper note of thanks (okay, I did it in an email but I know he got it.) As I was praying for you, this whole idea of thanking the people who help us zoomed in.

Do you have people that you need to thank? There are many people who help make our lives happen everyday, from store clerks, to teachers, parents, bosses, friends. You & I could make a long list here.

You have probably heard this verse before, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18.) In this case, lets be thankful not only in all circumstances but let’s put in a pinch more effort and express our thanks to all those who might deserve it. Amen? Will you do it?

Again, let’s lift our voices for Iraq.

And it wouldn’t hurt if you & I took a minute to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122.)

kathindiaHappy and beyond hot at the India Gate in Delhi beneath the sizzling Indian summer sun.

In His love and mine,
kathsign
Kathleen Dillard

Iraq Currently
by David Brown

June has been the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since May 2009. Iraqi civilians have also suffered from various bombings. Most were killed in Baghdad and southern Iraq where Shiite militias are becoming more active. A significant amount of funding and weapons coming from nearby Iran to fund Shia militias, while Saudi Arabia fund Sunni militias… both are vying for influence in Iraq and the broader Islamic world. Officials say that points to dangers ahead as the U.S. moves to withdraw its forces by the end of this year.

Since 2003, there has been a mass exodus of Christians from Iraq. Several decades ago, their numbers exceeded 1 million, but today only about 500,000 remain. The arrival of Christianity in Iraq precedes Islam by more than 600 years. They have endured overt discrimination in recent months, ranging from death threats, to graffiti, to kidnapping, and brutal assassinations. Despite the persecution they face, the many bold believers who remain are determined to stay so the Christian presence in their country may continue.

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 have prayed.

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