War as Catalyst for Violence

Mar 21, 2003 02:05 PM EST

Religious leaders believe war may be a catalyst for religious discrimination in Muslim countries. The Evangelical Free Church Association¡¯s Ben Sawatsky says they are keeping contact with their workers in heavily Islamic nations. "I think the hardest thing to deal with is the fear factor. We are counseling from God's Word, and we are spending a lot of time in prayer for our staff that they will indeed, see the opportunities and meet them with boldness and courage." While keeping vigil and preparing their response to the danger potential, Sawatsky reports their teams remain stalwart in their mission. "Pray that we'll be able to grasp the opportunities that will come our way. They certainly did; they did after 9-11, and they're doing so now, as well. So, pray that we will have eyes to see the opportunities and that we'll respond in the power of the Holy Spirit."

By Pauline J.