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Saving Iraqi Christians

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Country/Region: IRAQ

Saving Iraqi Christians

The 2,000-year-old Church in Iraq faces extinction at the hands of Islamic extremists. Many of the militants have made clear that they seek to cleanse their country of Christians and Christianity. They tell the Christians, "Convert to Islam, leave or die." The militants are well on the way to succeeding in their aim, at least in the south and central areas, as Christians flee the restrictions, threats and violence imposed on them.

According to some estimates, more than a million Christians have left the country since 1990 when anti-Christian feelings began to rise during the first Gulf War. This figure represents about two-thirds of the Christian population. Many of the refugees are in neighbouring Syria and Jordan where they struggle to find accommodation, food and other basic needs. Of the Christians who remain in Iraq, many have moved to the relatively safe Kurdish areas in the north, but have no means to support themselves there.

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Pray for Iraqi Christians.

 

Find out more about their plight.


Write to your elected representative (e.g. member of parliament, congressman or senator). Ask what your government is doing to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians in danger of their lives. Say that you want your country to be a safe refuge for them.

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Barnabas Aid`s new leaflet "Save Iraqi Christians" and give it to your friends.

INTERNATIONAL LEAFLET with commendations by Dr John Stott and Baroness Cox
AMERICAN LEAFLET with commendation by James D. Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
AUSTRALIAN LEAFLET with commendations by Dr John Stott and Baroness Cox

Show Barnabas Aid`s new 8-minute DVD "Save Iraqi Christians" to your church or another group. Contact your Barnabas Aid office to request a copy. Click this [link] for addresses of our regional offices.

Give
practical help. Working through churches on the ground, Barnabas Aid has been sending aid to Christians in Iraq since 1999 and to Iraqi Christian refugees in neighbouring countries since 2001. Help us to keep helping them in their time of need. Be a channel for God`s provision.

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If you can help, please click this [Link] to donate online using our secure server. (Please quote project reference 20-227.)

If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. (Please quote project reference 20-227.)

If you prefer to send a cheque by post: Click this [link] for addresses of our regional offices. (Please quote project reference 20-227.)
What Church leaders say about Barnabas Aid`s aid for Iraqi Christians

"Iraqi Christians are facing danger and destruction on every hand. But Barnabas Aid has been our faithful brother for many years, bringing help when we felt forgotten, bringing hope when we felt ready to despair. I thank God for Barnabas Aid which is a lifeline for the Church in Iraq."
Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod, of Iraq
Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the UK
(representing Iraqi Orthodox in the UK)

"Thousands of Iraqi minority Christians, specifically targeted because of their Christian faith, have been pushed out of their ancestral homeland. They have escaped to Syria and surrounding countries because of written threats, kidnappings, bombings and murder by Muslim extremists. Barnabas Aid boldly stepped in with its compassionate heart and extended its right arm of help and support since March 2003 till this day. Thousands of families remain supported on a monthly basis. One of the families said: `It is easy for a friend who knows you to support you, but I am really blessed and encouraged by such an organisation [Barnabas Aid] which is supporting me and thousands like me through you without even knowing us.` The Union of the Baptist Churches of Syria wholeheartedly commend the work of Barnabas Aid and its ongoing work to assist Iraqi Christians."
Prof. Jany Haddad, MD, FRCS (Glasgow), FICS
Baptist Church leader, Syria

"Our Nazarene church in Damascus has been participating since 2003 in four stages of ministries for the Iraqis who fled to Syria and took it as their new haven - relief aid, schooling, spiritual needs and medical support. We extend our heartfelt thanks from the depth of our inner souls for all support delivered to us through Barnabas Aid which has been to us as an answer to prayer. We highly commend the work of Barnabas Aid."
Senior Leader from the Nazarene Evangelical Church in Damascus

"Barnabas Aid has demonstrated great care for the poor and needy, especially for the Iraqi people who now struggle as refugees in Syria and surrounding countries. The work that the Barnabas Aid has begun here has paved the way for much needed support from other NGOs. Barnabas has shown itself to be peerless in the degree of its support towards the Iraqi people in Syria. The Barnabas Aid is now a name that the Iraqi people in Syria are uttering in their prayers of thanksgiving."
Archbishop Eustathius Matta Roham,
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Jazirah and Euphrates

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  • Pray for the residents of a mainly Christian village in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in the aftermath of a horrific attack by Boko Haram militants on 15 February. Ask for God’s comfort for the relatives and friends of the 106 people in Izghe who were gunned down and slaughtered in their houses or in the open as they tried to flee. Pray for strength for the numerous residents who were wounded or whose properties were looted and torched. Pray too for the many Christians who fled into the neighbouring state after the attack, and ask that the Christian community in the North of Nigeria will be preserved in the face of Islamist violence. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Violent attacks by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram continue unabated in Northern Nigeria. On one horrendous day of violence on 26 January, at least 138 people were killed. A church in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state was targeted; the attackers locked the congregation inside and then detonated bombs, shooting and cutting the throats of people who tried to escape. They then went on a four-hour rampage in the village. Later the same day, Kawuri village in neighbouring Borno state was burned to the ground. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state, and Christians are among its main targets. Pray that the Nigerian authorities will succeed in containing its insurgency. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks on this Easter Day for the living hope that You have given us and all Your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). We pray that the prospect of an enduring inheritance and future salvation will encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters to persevere in their faith, whatever may happen to them. We pray that we too may be sustained by this hope in the sufferings that we experience for the sake of Christ. We ask that the joy and resurrection power of the Lord will give strength and peace to persecuted believers today and every day. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Apr 2014 00:00

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