My heart goes out to the Christians who have been killed in recent bombings and other acts of violence directed against them, especially at this time of year when many had found refuge in churches where they'd gone to pray or celebrate the New Year. We know that some of our DisciplesNet family include people around the world living where their identity as Christians means that they live in constant fear for their lives, and want those of you reading this to know that we are praying for you and remembering you. We pray for those who lost their lives and were injured in the bombings, and for their families, and for their communities of faith. May they only become stronger and closer to God through these trials and tribulations and as has happened throughout the history of those following Christ. We also pray for courage and love for these friends, and that they may continue to be a light in the darkness, sharing God's love all around them despite persecution, loss, and others' intention to silence them through threats of violence, terror, and loss. We also pray for the networks of people who planned and carried out these acts of violence, that God will speak to them and help them find ways to address their differences and their faith that will build up with love, kindness, and willingness to understand, rather than bringing down through fear, terror and destruction. As we create our worship videos at DisciplesNet, we are trying to think of those living in areas where their faith in Christ may put them at risk. We pray that God will guide us so that our videos and other resources being developed at DisciplesNet can be a source of strength, hope, and connection with Christians everywhere who find their way here.