PRAYER ALERT: There are now more displaced persons in the world than in any year since WW2. On June 20 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published its annual report on displaced persons in 2013. It contains mind-numbing figures. The report counted 33.3 million internally displaced persons, 16.7 million refugees, and 1.2 million asylum-seekers who had not yet been granted rights to move. The total came to 51.2 million, an increase of 6 million over 2012. Most of the 51.2 million were displaced by global jihad.
Much of that increase happened in Syria, where jihadists have intensified and prolonged the civil war. The results of this war? About 2.47 million refugees fled from Syria, and there were 6.5 million displaced persons within Syria, by the end of 2013. Yet Afghanistan is still the biggest source of refugees. In the past ten years the Afghan refugee crisis has been spurred by the jihadist Taliban insurgency. By the end of 2013, 2.56 million Afghan refugees were living in 86 other countries.
The next two countries with the highest numbers of displaced persons are Somalia and Sudan. Somalia is dominated by lawless jihadist elements. Since 2011 Sudan’s Islamic government has so harshly repressed Darfur and the west that 294,000 have fled.
The report’s tally ends in 2013. But the numbers of displaced persons keeps climbing. Jihadist ISIS is on the warpath from Syria through northwest Iraq to Baghdad, scattering displaced persons as it goes. The jihadist Pakistani Taliban struck the Karachi airport on June 8. The government retaliated with airstrikes against their strongholds near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. In less than two weeks Pakistan’s fresh crisis has driven out 307,501 refugees. Throughout the world, wherever jihadists are succeeding, displaced persons are fleeing.
No wonder the numbers of displaced persons are reaching level unseen since WW2. The fact is that Islamic jihadists are conducting a world war. They are positioning themselves to take over a broad band of nations from northern Africa westward through the Middle East to Pakistan. They are training recruits in the Syrian war to take jihad to Europe and the US.
Only three things can stop them. One, they defeat themselves by infighting, as we see in Syria and Iraq. Two, nations rally worldwide to defeat them by arms. Three, Christians unite worldwide to defeat them by prayer. Prayer is the deciding factor. Prayer may enable either of the first two options to succeed, with a staggering costs in human lives. Or prayer may open the way for God Himself to intervene. For “He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth” (Ps. 46:9).
PRAY WITH US: Father God, we must look to You in times like these. If we only look earthward, we see jihadists on the rampage. We see little hope for the places they have overcome. And we see little defense for many places that remain. But the view is different from heaven. There we see from the throne of the resurrected Christ. There we can look through the cross, where He defeated sin and death. We see that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. And He gave this authority to us to disciple the nations, and pray. So we declare peace on earth, that His gospel may spread.
Nazism attemped to conquer the world, but it collapsed. The Soviet Union attempted to conquer the world, but it collapsed. Jihadism too intends to conquer the world, but we declare that it too will collapse. It will collapse from Mali to Syria and from Iraq to Pakistan, and beyond. For You make wars to cease to the ends of the earth. You sent Jesus to end strife and make peace with those who are near, and with those who are far away. So empower those who are taking His ministry to the nations. Comfort those who mourn the victims of war. Take care of the displaced. Provide homes for the homeless. Sustain the widows. Be a Father to the fatherless. Use Your children to raise up Your kingdom from the ruins of war. And cause Your government and Your peace to increase and never end. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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