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Christian Defense Coalition to Lead Historic Christian Prayer Delegation to Baghdad

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 202-547-1735, 540-538-4741 cell

WASHINGTON, June 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Coalition is working closely with the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, D.C. to arrange a trip to Baghdad this summer to pray for the safety of our troops, the Iraqi people and an end to sectarian violence and terrorism.
In a letter hand delivered to Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki, the group says, "What happens in the next few months will have a profound impact on the future course of Iraq, the United States, and the entire region.  In response to this critical hour, it is essential that we urgently humble ourselves and look to God for His sovereign grace, blessing and wisdom in all that we do."  (See Prime Minister al-Maliki letter.)
The Christian Defense Coalition will also be asking President Bush and Congress to call for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for the war in Iraq while the prayer delegation is in Baghdad.  (See Proposed draft for A National Day of Prayer.)
Rev. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "Now is the time for Americans to lay aside our political differences concerning the war in Iraq and humbly seek God for His direction.  Although there has been much debate, discussion and disagreement in our country regarding events in Iraq, there is one thing we are united on.  That is, justice and mercy will always triumph over terror and fear and the violence and bloodshed in Iraq must come to and end.  This historic prayer initiative offers a unique opportunity to come together in one voice before God and leave our political differences at the water's edge.
"It is important that the people of Iraq know the Christian community of America stands with them during these challenging and difficult times."

For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 202.547.1735    Cell:540.538.4741