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Dr Malkhaz Songulashvili in Iran

OCMS alumnus, Dr Malkhaz Songulashvili (PhD, 2013), who is a Georgian Baptist bishop working in Iran, wrote to us a few days ago. Here is what he wrote:

Dear Friends,

All these days since the New Year Bishop Ilia, a colleague of mine, and myself have been traveling in Iran on our regular bridge building mission. We have also been engaged in a relief work supported by our German colleagues.

Rather unexpectedly we have become witnesses of all the frustration and uncertainty Iranian people are experiencing these days. In the course of the visit we have been meeting with clergy and laity, young and old.

This morning we left Shiraz and arrived to Ispahan - old Safavid capital of Iran.

Today we visited tombs of great pursuers of inter religious peace: Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great. It was a rather overwhelming experience to stand in front of their graves. In accordance with Biblical narratives, these two characters granted their royal support to the return of Jewish captives from Babylon and restoration of the Jerusalem temple. At their 
tombs we offered our prayers for peace in the region and reconciliations among cultures and religions.  

We need more leaders like Cyrus and Darius who will be promoting peace, respect and reconciliation in the world which is being torn apart by fears and hatred. 

May I humbly ask you to join us in prayer for peace in Iran, Israel, Iraq and the rest of Middle East. It the aftermath of the march to Selma, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel was writing that in Selma their feet were praying as they walked for social justice in the USA. It is my instinct that time has come that not only our feet but also out hearts, minds hands should be praying for peace in the world. 

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