Through compassionate giving across the Synod, the LCMS was able to provide two grants to help Lutheran Hour Ministries expand its Middle East mercy ministry to people displaced by violence.
Before 2003, there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. These days, about 400,000 remain.
A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders calls on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq.
“You cannot bring hatred in the name of God,” Pope Francis declares. “You cannot make war in the name of God!”
The militant group — so radical it was rejected even by al-Qaida — give Christians and other minorities an ultimatum: Convert to Islam or face execution.