A 49-year-old American living in Costa Rica decided to heed God's call on his life and join the fight against ISIS.
Dean Parker, formerly from Florida, joined the Lions of Rojava, a group of fighters linked with the Kurdish People's Protection Unit in October. He felt called to action after seeing ISIS persecute the Yazidi people and trap them on a mountainside.
"Women and children rushed in and started piling into the chopper," Parker told Mail Online. "The cameraman filmed this one mother holding her 10- or 11-year-old son. He was dressed for school it seemed. She was crying, holding him. He was looking at the camera and that look of sheer terror in his eyes overwhelmed me with emotions I have never felt before. I actually became physically ill and crying uncontrollably." more >>
As the new year is already upon us, The Christian Post would like to offer a brief look back at the major issues and events of 2014.
Pastors in Houston were almost forced to hand over all their sermons that touched on the topic of homosexuality, a major U.S. megachurch became nonexistent, Christians around the world saw a rise in attacks especially with the rise of terrorist group ISIS, and fear spread around the world as the Ebola virus spread rapidly in West Africa. Below is the full top ten list.
1. Liberal Intolerance: 'Duck Dynasty,' Mozilla, Benham Brothers and Houston Mayor Subpoena Scandal more >>
The Nigerian Security Network, an organization monitoring the casualties surrounding the Boko Haram insurgency, estimates that 2014 was the deadliest year so far in the terrorist group's five year insurgency in Northeast Nigeria.
According to World Bulletin, the monitoring group estimates that over 9,000 people have been killed as a result of Boko Haram violence in 2014, while over 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes due to the conflict.
Additionally, the group estimates that 940 people were killed by insurgent attacks in just the month of November alone, while May saw the highest death toll of any month when over 4,000 deaths were tallied due to the violent insurgency. more >>
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A New York City pastor and Texas-based Yazidi activist who flew to Iraq the week before Christmas to assess the humanitarian needs of displaced Yazidis persecuted by the Islamic State have called the present situation of more than 300,000 refugees "genocidal" and "insane."
William Devlin and Murad Ismael connected via phone with a radio show in New York City live from Iraq just days before Christmas to describe the living conditions of distraught Yazidis staying at several refugee camps in Dohak in Kurdistan, in northern Iraq. more >>
The Islamic State's all-female religious police force in charge of patrolling the streets of Raqqa have tortured a young woman after she was found breastfeeding in public by placing a medieval-like spiked clamp around her chest, an opposition group has reported.
The women-operated al-Khansa brigade, which is in charge of enforcing ISIS' strict sharia law within its de-facto capital in Syria, recently used a device called a "biter" to punish a 24-year-old mother who, residents allege, was found breastfeeding in public, according to the ISIS opposition website Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
The brigade officers claimed the woman needed to be punished, with their reasoning being that her niqab didn't meet Sharia standards. The woman, who goes by the pseudonym of Batol, was taken to a torture chamber where her chest was placed into the painful device. more >>
With help from a Dominican-Pakistani priest, an American couple has bought a new home for three Pakistani children whose Christian parents were burned alive by an angry mob of Muslims in the Punjab Province after being accused of blasphemy in November.
Moved by the orphans' unfortunate situation and the barbaric death of the children's parents, Jill and Scott Kelley of Tampa, Florida, have paid for a new home for the three children of Shama Bibi and Shahzad Masih, The New York Post reports.
After being accused of ripping pages out of the Koran, Bibi and Masih were tortured, had their legs broken and were thrown into a brick kiln by a mob of about 500 to 600 Muslims in the town of Kot Radha Kishan on Nov. 4. more >>