I received a call this morning from Pastor R. He called, asking for special prayer and he would appreciate the prayers of all that have a heart for House of Blessing, their missionaries, and of course, himself. About two hours after he and I spoke on the phone this last Friday, he and two missionary men that were with him were attacked by Islamic jihadists. Both of Pastor R’s missionary friends were brutally beaten and then murdered in front of his eyes. They then beat R. They also did unspeakable things to him including putting holes into his body; his back, belly and chest, and his legs. They also beat his face and head so badly that he is hardly recognizable due to the swelling, etc. They then commanded that he quit preaching about Jesus. They promised to kill him if he did not quit. R does not know why they did not kill him along with his two companions. He is already confined to a wheelchair; in fact, has been for several years now after a previous beatings. He thought this is why they may not have killed him outright, but he really does not know.
Pastor R has been moved to a hospital near Damascus. Most of his bleeding has stopped, but he has lost a great deal of blood and there is little blood available even in the hospital. He has many deep open wounds that are becoming infected. He has not been able to take in any fluids. Today is the first time he has been able to move his mouth enough to call me, but his speech is notably affected.
I did not see the need to ask for any further descriptions of what happened, and it was very difficult for him to speak to tell me all this. I could hear explosions and gunfire in the background as he spoke. He does not think he will survive this…unless God intervenes supernaturally. This is why I am sending out this urgent request for prayer…earnest prayer.
Would you please join me? I’m sure you will want to add much to this short prayer on your own.
“Father God, we come before you in the mighty Name of Jesus. We bring Pastor R before your throne at this critical time. You know exactly what has happened to him and the condition his body is now in. You have moved on his behalf many times, and we ask You to do so again. We plead the power of the mighty Blood of Jesus over his entire body now, from the top of his head to the bottoms of his feet. Only You know when it is his time to be brought home into Your presence— if this is not his time, heal him, we pray. We think of the Apostle Paul and the many afflictions he suffered as he proclaimed the Good News of the Gospel to the Gentile world. Our brother R has suffered much as well, and for the same reason. Your Word tells us that Paul even climbed out from under a pile of rocks after he had been stoned and left for dead! We, as Pastor R’s family, ask You Abba Father, to raise him up as well. Our faith, O LORD, is in You; our complete trust is in You; our future as Your people is completely in Your hands, and Your sovereign will is absolutely perfect! So, because You have instructed us to come boldly before Your throne, we come boldly! Raise our brother up once again! We will continue to give You all the praise and glory, forever, AMEN.