Mideast Christian woman on ISIS: God’s plan is ‘working perfectly’

Refugee tells churchgoers not to pray for the persecution to end.

August 11, 2016 22:58
2 minute read.

Assyrians march in solidarity with those abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria, in Beirut, in 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Despite Islamic State’s persecution of Christians, one Middle Eastern woman of the faith said that God’s plan in the region was “working perfectly.”

A woman, going by the pseudonym of “Maryam” and only identified as a resident of the Middle East in order to protect her and her family, spoke to a group of churchgoers earlier this week, telling them to “pray a different prayer.”

“Don’t pray for the persecution to be stopped,” she said, according to the Christian Post website. “But pray for the Christians there, for their boldness, their encouragement, for their faith and that they can all be witnesses for God’s work and for God.”

She spoke at the MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, at the behest of a group of six pastors and ministry leaders.

Maryam told the worshipers about the treatment of Christians in the Middle East even before the Syrian civil war and the rise of Islamic State.

Muslim schoolteachers made her sit in the back of the classroom and made fun of her. Also, her father had a serious run-in with a pack of Muslim troublemakers, who tried to shut down his shop, threatening to kill him and pour acid on his daughter.

“We are not afraid or worried that the persecution will increase. We are just feeling that this is God’s time,” Maryam said. “God is working perfectly now in the Middle East. Even with all these crazy stuff happening, God is really working now.”

Also, the Middle Eastern Christian woman told the Alabaman churchgoers that the persecution of their fellow members of the faith only caused them to grow stronger, as she took out her Arabic Bible and read out the verse in Exodus 1:12: “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.”

Maryam plans to speak at eight more churches across the US in the next two weeks.

In March, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States had recognized that Islamic State had committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shi’ites.

While the genocide finding may make it easier for Washington to argue for greater action against the group, US officials said it does not create a US legal obligation to do more, and would not change US military strategy toward the terrorist group.

Reuters contributed to this report.

To learn more about Christians in the Middle East, check us out at @christian_jpost, on Facebook.com/jpostchristianworld/ and see the best of the Holy Land in The Jerusalem Post - Christian Edition monthly magazine.

sign up to our newsletter

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 24, 2019
World affairs prove 'Lord is soon to return,' Christian broadcaster says