Iraqi officials reiterated the country’s support of Palestine as Hamas’s Operation Al-Aqsa Flood invaded Israel. The leaders of Iraq and Jordan emphasized the need to intensify diplomatic efforts to prevent escalating Israel-Palestinian violence. The Iraqi President reiterated Iraq’s steadfast position on the Palestinian issue, expressing full support for the Palestinian people in achieving their legitimate rights. He condemned the brutal Israeli attacks against the Palestinians. He called upon the international community to assume the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. Pray for the curbing of the continuous violence, and peace will return to the country. Pray for Iraqi people to live in peace, knowing the love of God and understanding His grace (The Bible, Psalm 7:16).
A local pastor returned home one night to find his home surrounded by a mob of angry Buddhist people, including some monks. Buddhist monks frequently stir up mobs against pastors, sometimes ending in violent attacks and the destruction of property. The pastor serves in a community where Buddhist and Hindu people live. The Church found when they distributed Christian literature amongst the Hindu people, there was little response and resistance, but distribution among Buddhist people quickly drew an adverse reaction. Pray for wisdom for Christian churches to know how to respond to persecution with grace and love (The Bible, 1 Peter 4:14).