I greet you with all the love in my heart, a feeling which is sustained by our Lord Jesus Christ.
I write this blindfolded, as it were, because I have never met any of you in person, nor can I address any of you by name. However, I pray this doesn't distract from the sincerity I wish to convey to you.
I begin with a confession: I am unworthy. I am unworthy to call you my brothers and sisters in Christ. As is typical in my country, I sit here in a comfortable room, with my belly full, recollecting any experiences when I said, "I am suffering for Christ." Disregarding the occasional harmless mockery offered by critical unbelievers, I come up short. I confess, I have no idea what it's like to suffer for Christ. I, alas, am an American Christian with most, if not all, of the deficiencies attached to the name. My "cries" out to God are about trivial things that children in the faith babble in ignorance. I swear, I live in luxury, I lust, I let the sun go down on my anger, and I act superior due to my Western status. That, my venerable friends, is the reason why I am unworthy.
I say these things for your own edification. I am but a mere infant in the faith addressing giants.
But you, jewels of the faith, are a light to us all who watch in grief as ISIS demonstrates the cruelty of their religion upon you. But you must be aware that you had a choice! You could have easily denied Christ, praised ISIS, and swore allegiance to Muhammed's Allah. Doing so would have spared your lives. But that isn't what you did. The fact that you are in those dark cells, those cages, means that you have spoken these words in your heart: "I choose Truth. I choose Love. I choose Christ Jesus." But you are also, therefore, choosing pain and death.
However, because of this, it's you and your brethren who are the closest to the Apostles and the first Christians. They, like you, were brutally persecuted. However, remember this: Love won. Unlike Islam, the religion that is subjugating you, we didn't wage war to spread our message. We didn't loot caravans to fund our missionaries, nor did we behead those who said no or mocked our Lord. No, we persevered despite being mocked, stoned, tortured, beheaded, crucified, and imprisoned. So which is mightier? The Gospel converting the greatest empire at the time with charity and words, or Muhammed's kin who needed their swords to help people see their point of view?
Remember, when it came to their last words, Jesus forgave while Muhammed cursed. Which was more godly?
Finally, I wish I had the proper words to prepare you for what your captors will do to you. Again, I am but a mere infant in the faith. However, be consoled in this: I, along with thousands of brothers and sisters, are praying for you. I pray that you endure the godless anger and that you will find it in your hearts to pray for those who hate you. Pray that they see the light of Christ, who we know is more than a mere prophet; He is the eternal Son of God and our Savior.
Judgment will come upon them in this life or at the Resurrection, and they will stand accused if they don't turn from their wickedness. Find peace in this!
I don't have much more to say other than, "Your faith strengthens me."
Go with all the love of God and know that you are His prized sheep.
I hope to meet you all face to face.
An infant in the faith,