Christian Mercy for Islamic State

An unlikely message of forgiveness has been shared on social media after Islamic State beheaded 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians in Libya.

A video by a young Christian woman calling for mercy instead of hate has been watched over half a million times. And messages of support and solidarity poured in from Egypt’s Christians and Muslims alike.

From: BBC News

Activists warn of end of Christian presence in Middle East as Isis seizes 90 Assyrians

Kidnappings by militants retreating from Kurdish attack are latest assault on ancient minorities such as Yazidis, Chaldeans and Copts

Islamic State militants kidnapped 90 Christians in north-east Syria as the jihadis retreated in the face of a Kurdish counter-offensive, a monitoring group has said.

The reported kidnappings are the latest blow to the ancient Christian presence in the region, heightening insecurity after a video was released by militants claiming allegiance to Isis that appeared to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.

Read: theguardian (full story)

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO’s inside and outside the country said it had verified at least 150 people missing, including women and elderly, who had been kidnapped by the militants.

“We have verified at least 150 people who have been adducted from sources on the ground,” Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council of Syria, whose family itself is from Hasaka, told Reuters from Amman.

Read: Reuters (full story)

‘We want our sons back’: fears grow for Egyptians missing in Libya

Februrary 20, 2015

Cairo launched air strikes against Isis in Libya after the militants killed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. But families of others believed to be held captive say more must be done to bring their loved ones home

In late August, armed, masked men stopped a car carrying Egyptian workers near the Libyan city of Sirte. Identifying each passenger by religion, the gunmen took the four Christians prisoner: three brothers and their cousin. The others – all Muslims – went free.

“The driver tried to negotiate, but they pulled a gun in his face,” Wagih Matta Hakim told the Guardian in an interview in Cairo this week. Another Egyptian worker, who managed to return home, told him that his brothers had been captured.

Read Full Story: The Guardian

TogetherLA Conference Seeks to Radically Love Los Angeles

TogetherLA Conference Seeks to Radically Love Los Angeles

Contact: Tommy Lee, Event Coordinator, TogetherLA, 773-519-8287,

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — On February 26-28, 2015, TogetherLA will host a three-day, city-wide conference at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Key leaders from non-profits, churches, businesses, and communities in the Los Angeles area will convene for real-time collaboration, prayer, networking and strategic partnering.

The central question of the conference is, “What does it mean to love our city?”

From Thursday through Saturday afternoon, ministry practitioners will present interactive sessions that engage the realities of loving our city. Workshops and panel discussions will cover topics such as mercy ministry, systemic injustice, ethnic and class conflict, faith and work, social and culture changes and challenges, church health and church collaborations.

On Saturday evening, Dr. Timothy Keller, Lead Pastor of Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, will speak at a free, city-wide gathering to close the conference.

Why Los Angeles?

Keller states that “L.A. is important. L.A. is one of the two or three cultural capitals of the world; one of the two or three cities that most affect what people actually see on their screens and take into their minds and hearts culturally. Of course it is also one of the key cities on the Pacific Rim. It is one of the most important cities in the world.”

Dr. Timothy Keller will be the main speaker for the three-day conference as well; all other speakers will be active leaders in the Los Angeles area. Speakers include Bishop Charles Blake, Dr. Barry Corey, Mark Labberton, Mayor Aja Brown, Efrem Smith, Caitlin Crosby, Tim Chaddick, Albert Tate, Larry Acosta, La Verne Tolbert, Michael Mata, Tom Hughes, Father Greg Boyle, and many more.

“Coming together, in Los Angeles,” said Keller, “resourcing each other, becoming a learning community – it is a very exciting prospect.”

For more information, go to or email

February 26-28, 2015
West Angeles Church
3045 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

About: TogetherLA is a partnership between Redeemer City to City and local church leaders in the greater Los Angeles, California area.

Media Inquiries:

Tommy Lee
Event Coordinator