World Prayer Center Events
Stories of Unwavering Faith
in the Shadow of Radical Islam
Stories That Must Be Heard
A decade ago, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) marked Christians’ homes, businesses and churches in Mosul, Iraq, with the Arabic letter “n” (ن). The letter, symbolizing “Nazarene,” not only identified the buildings’ occupants as followers of Christ but also served as a chilling threat. Christians were given these choices: convert to Islam, pay a high tax, flee the region or be killed. Hundreds of thousands of Christians chose to flee. Where are they now, and what about those who refused to flee?
At “I Am N,” a virtual event by The Voice of the Martyrs, you will receive updates from Iraq and firsthand testimonies from three courageous believers who faced persecution in places dominated by Islam. These are not just stories of survival; they are testimonies of enduring faith that show how God sustained them through trials and continues to use them to advance his kingdom.
Heather Marie Mercer is an American who was one of 24 aid workers arrested in August 2001 by the Taliban in Afghanistan in connection with the Antioch International Movement of Churches and Germany-based Christian aid organization Shelter Now International. She, along with seven other Western aid workers and their sixteen Afghan coworkers, were arrested on August 3, 2001, They were put on trial for violating the Taliban prohibition against proselytism. She was held captive in Kabul until anti-Taliban forces freed her in November 2001. (Per Wikipedia)
Rev. Hassan Abduraheem was detained on 18 December 2015, in Khartoum, Sudan. Rev. Abduraheem and the other men were accused of breaking several sections of Sudan’s criminal code: conspiring against the state, espionage against the country, entering and photographing military areas and works, calling for opposition to public authority by use of violence, provoking hatred against or amongst sects, and publishing false news.
John Samara is the founder and Executive Director at Ananias House and a Voice of the Martyrs frontline worker. Ananias House bridges the distance between believers in the West and the growing body of Christ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through prayer, Bible training, and physical and spiritual resources to build up God’s global family in an increasingly hostile world. (MENA includes the countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordon, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Emirates, and Yemen.)