“N” Is for Nazarene

By Grace Beight

“N.” Many of us know this as being nothing more than the fourteenth letter of the alphabet. But imagine living in a country where “N” represents “Nazarene.” For Christians living in the Middle East, to find “N” on their houses means ISIS has found them. Everyone in the residence has been marked for death for believing Jesus Christ is Lord. For these Christians, the end seemed near. Until…

Mercury One. No longer do Christians have to wonder if they will receive aid or even be able to escape. Mercury One, a nonprofit organization, has created “The Nazarene Fund.” With the goal of raising $10 million by December, volunteers will be able to assist in rescuing more than 400 families from the threat of ISIS.  For those unable to receive asylum in America, the funds will allow for the families to relocate to Europe and South America.

Many Middle Eastern Christians are reminded daily of Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”

However, in the wake of turning “N” from a symbol of death to a symbol of hope and life, these Christians can now be reminded of Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”


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