✝️ 5000 Dead

Scams are getting scarier

We don’t know how good we have it. And Open Door is just about to change that. They dropped a truth bomb showing how Christians across the globe are dying for their faith while American Christians snuggle up in their cozy, lukewarm life.

Curious? Read on!

5000 Dead

Open Doors just released a bombshell of a report. Nearly 5,000 Christians offed for their faith last year alone.
That's... horrific. How is this happening?
They're saying attacks on Christians, churches, ya know, religious spots, are through the roof. We're talking a seven-fold increase.
Why is there so much violence against Christians specifically?
The bigwigs think it's 'cause these bad guys don't expect any backlash. But you know what, it's making the Church stronger.
Stronger? How so?
They're facing down these nightmares and still holding onto their faith, like serious champs. Makes me think of that beatitude, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10.
It's tragic but also inspiring in a way. It really puts things in perspective. What countries are the worst?
Kid, North Korea's at the top spot again. It's basically a death sentence to be a Christian there. And don't get me started on Nigeria.
Yeah, it's where most of these religiously motivated killings are going down. Insurgent groups are targeting Christians big time there.
This is all very overwhelming...
The CEO of Open Doors mentioned prayer, man. It's something anyone, anywhere, can do to support these folks.
You're right. James 5:16 says, "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Let's not forget them.

Scammers Using AI

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Got a wild story for ya.
Hit me with it!
Imagine picking up a call from your kid, asking for help.
That's a parent's nightmare for sure.
Now imagine it ain't really him, but some AI mimicry nonsense.
Creepy tech stuff, huh? What happened?
These low-lives convinced a mom her son was in jail.
Faked his voice with AI, claiming he needed bail.
How much cash were they after?
A whooping $15,500. Can you believe that?
That's some serious dough. Did they get it?
Almost. But they smelled a rat when a courier was supposed to collect.
Thank goodness for that gut feeling.
Ain't that the truth? Folks need to stay sharp. AI's getting tricky.
Any tips on avoiding these high-tech hoodwinks?
Call the 'kidnapped' right back. Don't fork over cash without proof.
Smart. Keep your head and verify before you trust.
Well said. "The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps." Proverbs 14:15
A fitting proverb. Thanks for the heads-up!

Quick Bible trivia before we close out this email: The name "Christian" was first used to describe followers of Jesus in the city of Antioch. (Acts 11:26)

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Let’s pray that the lack of hardcore persecution doesn’t give us an excuse to be lukewarm. Be vigilant!

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