“Thank God for this experience”

The Jones children had questions. (Missile sirens will have that effect on four-year-olds.) Why did this happen? What if it had been real? Would they go to Heaven? After doing his best to answer their questions, Jason’s message to his kids was: “Thank God for this experience,” which represented a chance to feel empathy for families fleeing war in other countries. Rushing your family out of the house, fearful that your children will become casualties of war: that’s an experience most Americans are fortunate enough not to experience. But it’s a grim reality for Christians and other religious minorities persecuted in the Middle East.

The Jones family’s flight from war was over in less than an hour. For Christians in Iraq, it lasted years.