Lighting a Candle in Iraq

A call to pray and fast for the Iraqi elections
By Cheri Fuller

As the historic Iraqi elections draw near, insurgents and terrorists are using violence and intimidation to frighten people away from the poles and kill Iraqi soldiers and American and coalition forces. Terrorists are attempting assassination and kidnapping of key leaders, attempting to use any and every violent act to derail the elections. They have killed electoral officials, some in broad daylight, and bombed American vehicles. Sunni Muslims are threatening boycotts of the elections. Many have said there is no way the elections can take place, yet preparations continue. There is a grave threat facing Iraqis at this critical point in their history, and a grave threat facing our soldiers who are convoying across the country to deliver voting machines and ballots and provide security at polling places.