Easter a Time of Celebration, Danger; by Ruth Kramer, at Mission Network News
"In the overload of information on the Facebook newsfeed, this one from 8thirty8 stood out:
“'Passover has begun, and our Jesus was the perfect and final Lamb! We celebrate His complete victory over the Cross and the Grave this Sunday.
"But for many of our brothers and sisters around the world, Resurrection Day is one that is accompanied with threats and persecution. One leader in Syria just told 8thirty8 that Muslim terrorist groups have promised to “FILL THE STREETS WITH CHRISTIAN BLOOD” this week leading up to Easter. Please join us in praying for the Body of Christ living in hostile and restricted nations during this most important week!”
"Is it a credible threat? Open Doors president and CEO David Curry seems to believe it is. “This is a very critical threat. These are people who plan to carry out their threat. We know that they’ve done that, where they’ve targeted Christians, even in the midst of a civil war.” More specifically, “We know from our sources in Syria that a lot of mortars are dropping in parts of Damascus, which are historically Christian areas. People are being killed, and it’s rather random in some cases, when you’re having that sort of general bombing.'”