Please read, and respond (by praying and sharing) this message - from Rev Andrew White the Vicar of Baghdad:
"The islamist group (ISIS) just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq.
There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded.
The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf concerning the ongoing atrocity in their country.
Please take one minute to pray for them.
They asked for this special prayer.
Please, ensure you pass across the prayer request to the body of Christ for fervent prayers offered on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq.
This is an urgent SOS. May God bless you.
From Andrew White the Vicar of Baghdad."
(I received this for Bishop Laurie Green - who posted it around 21:00 BST today) and am confident of its validity - please pass on to those you know will pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters)
I saw this posted on the pages of someone I trust. I am aware that there of aspects of this that are perhaps 'old news' but rather than err too much on the side of scepticism, I will keep this in place until the original source comes back to me.
Thanks for those who have communicated with the 'old news' - have to say that if it is erroneously reported, prayer for those (even one minute of it) from those who live in freedom for those who fear the actions of ISIS is a small consideration.
Checking on Snopes and other sites I use to debunk urban myth and (often well meant) misinformation I can find nothing that looks quite like this story - I have asked for clarification form people I trust and have heard nothing, and so, continue with the piece on the lines given in the PS.