Friday, June 15, 2007

Weekly Newsletter


Most Americans’ view of Operation Iraqi Freedom is shaped primarily by the media. Much of the news coming out of Iraq has been negative. Is the media providing an accurate assessment? Is there a bias in the news media? Who is reporting on al-Qaida’s death threats against the Baghdad Christians? Let's take a look at three of the stories the media has failed to give an adequate accounting.


The media's coverage of Iraq comes from mostly from the Sunni dominated Central Iraq and the Shiite regions in Southern Iraq. Based on the news coming out of these regions, many Americans are convinced that Iraq is embroiled in a hopeless cycle of violence.

What about Northern Iraq? We do not hear much about this Kurdish region. Recently American medical missionaries were in Northern Iraq by invitation of the Department of Health to train Iraqi physicians. One of these missionaries wrote A Message of Thanks to President Bush and the United States from Iraq.

Here are some of the quotes from this letter of appreciation:

"While we were there, government officials and physicians repeatedly told us how much their nation benefits by the presence of the United States for freedom, stability, healing and rebuilding in their country."

"The Muslim Iraqi Government officials honored us as Christian Americans."

"Northern Iraq is thriving and rebuilding since the Saddam regime was brought down."


Another reality check comes from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). Senator Inhofe has traveled to the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in the Anbar province seven times and states,
"The troop surge has given us the troop numbers to push al Qaeda out of most of the area in the Anbar province and allowed governance to hold onto their own destiny."

He has seen both the success of the US "troop surge" and the Iraqi military and the Sunni tribes beginning to work together against al-Qaida. He also points out,
"They've never done that before, but they realize now, there are a lot of people in the United States who want to cut and run, and I'm seeing a new kind of cooperation. The Iraqis now have a vision for Iraq and see their place as an important, self-ruling governance."

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Our brothers and sisters in Baghdad need our prayers today! Here is a quote from June 14, 2007 addition of Jewish World Review: “An al-Qaida-affiliated insurgent group is giving Christians in Baghdad a stark set of options: Convert to Islam, marry your daughters to our fighters, pay an Islamic tax or leave with only the clothes on your back.”

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The Scriptures promise that God will answer our prayers if we have the heart of Jesus. How would you like to have your prayers answered as the Father answered Jesus' prayers? Let's look at Hebrews 5:7-8 and find out what kind of prayers are required of His people:

In the days of His flesh,
when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Let us intercede on behalf of our military and the believers in Iraq and see God move on their behave and using them to being a GREAT REVIVAL across the Middle East!

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