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February 16, 2013
One of IRAQ’s leading Muslim clerics, Ayatollah Ahmad Al Hassani Al Baghdadi recently issued a fatwa labeling Iraqi Christians as ‘polytheists’ (because they worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and ‘friends of the Zionists.’ He has decreed they must choose ‘Islam or death’ and that 'their women and girls may legitimately be regarded wives of Muslims.’
September 25, 2012
A Christian in Baghdad, IRAQ, reports increasing violence and asks for prayers covering “the 3 P's—protection, provision and perseverance.”
Pray the 3 P’s!
“Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.”
August 20, 2012
IRAQI Kurdistan's prime minister proposed a blasphemy law and promised to punish anyone who ‘insults’ Islam. Christians in the country report growing Islamic fervency. Ask God to protect believers and strengthen their trust in Him. “Turn to me and be gracious to me; give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant.”
May 30, 2012
On March 22, the body of a kidnapped Christian was found shot to death in IRAQ. Kidnappers frequently target believers.
Ask God to comfort the man’s family. “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”
May 18, 2012
Faced with rising anti-Christian violence and other challenges, some Christians in IRAQ who fled to the Kurdistan region are now seeking a new refuge.
Ask God to provide. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
January 18, 2012
This December in the Kurdistan region of IRAQ, an imam’s Friday sermon reportedly inspired Muslims to attack local businesses, many of which were owned by Christians. Muslims chanted jihad and anti-Christian slogans during the attacks. Some area residents retaliated. Hundreds of Christian families are now afraid because of the volatile situation.
Ask God to encourage the believers and give them wisdom in how to respond. “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.”
December 22, 2011
An Iranian believer from a Muslim background living in IRAQ says that he and his wife receive numerous death threats. His son was beaten and called an “infidel” by a teacher. Last year his daughter was so frightened by a teacher that she stopped attending for the rest of the year. The siblings are beaten, scorned, and robbed by other children.
Ask God to give the family courage and wisdom. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
December 4, 2011
A Muslim background believer in IRAQ has been threatened with increased rent and eviction by his Muslim landlord, who discovered his faith. The believer has also had to pull his daughter out of a Christian school because her government ID labels her as “Muslim.”
Ask God to encourage the family and provide a home. “And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
November 14, 2011
Three Christians were ambushed and kidnapped by Muslim gunmen on September 21 in IRAQ. They were released on September 30 after a ransom was paid.
Praise God that they have been reunited with their families! “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
October 24, 2011
In Iraq, being a Christian is dangerous—but being a Christian convert from Islam takes even more courage. Compass Direct News writes, “Whereas Assyrian Iraqis are accepted as Christians by ethnic identity, Iraqi Muslims believe Arabs have no business becoming Christians; it is not possible, according to society and the constitution.”
Listen to their stories:
October 14, 2011
A pastor from a Muslim background in IRAQ is struggling because he cannot register his children with the government as Christians. In the eyes of the state, the children do not exist, and are not eligible for medical treatment or education.
Pray for wisdom for this family. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”
October 1, 2011
A bomb exploded at a church on August 15 in IRAQ. This is the third attack against the congregation in 5 years. The pastor says, “For the sake of Jesus, even if we don’t have a building, we will keep praying.”
Pray that their love and perseverance will lead many to Christ. “And a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.”
September 21, 2011
A house church pastor in IRAQ was recently kidnapped by Muslims. He had helped to lead many former Muslims to Christ. Recently one of these new converts was also attacked. The Muslim background believers home was sprayed with machine gun bullets.
Pray for the release of the pastor. Ask God to give him, his family, and the Muslim background believers' courage to persevere. “Yet when they turned and cried to You, You heard from heaven, and many times You delivered them according to Your mercies.”
September 16, 2011
On August 2 in IRAQ, a car bomb exploded outside a church. Area residents and a pastor were wounded. Two other bombs targeting churches were disarmed. In the disarming process a smaller explosion broke a church’s windows. A church leader said, “We continue to witness to Jesus Christ and our Christian values; we are not afraid.”
Pray that believers will persevere. “In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I called.”
August 4, 2011
A nine-year-old girl in IRAQ had to flee with her family when they received a death threat in their mailbox. The letter called them “Christian dogs” and ordered them to leave in 24 hours. The family took with them what little they could. The young girl was willing to give up her toys as long as she could pack her Bible.
Praise God that the family is now in a region that is relatively safer. “...He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
July 12, 2011
A Christian in IRAQ was kidnapped and beheaded in May by suspected Islamic terrorists. His body showed signs of gruesome torture. Before his death, his employer was reportedly told to fire him because he was a Christian.
Ask God to comfort his widow and three children. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
July 6, 2011
Recently I read a story published by Open Doors about a 9-year-old girl in Iraq whose family was forced to flee from their home after receiving a death threat in their mailbox. The letter called them “Christian dogs” and told them they had to leave in 24 hours or else their house would be bombed.
June 12, 2011
On April 11 in IRAQ, a religious edict declared, “It is permissible to spill the blood of the Iraqi Christians and a duty to wage jihad against them.” On Easter Sunday, a bomb outside a church injured seven people.
Ask God to protect Iraqi Christians and guard the church from fear. “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the stead- fastness of Christ.”
June 3, 2011
Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled IRAQ, where they face persecution from Muslims. Worsening conditions in Libya, Syria, and Jordan have forced some refugees to flee back to Iraq, despite the danger in their homeland. Ask God to encourage and protect them.
Pray that He will provide the food and resources that the Church in Iraq needs. “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling.”
February 14, 2011
If you follow along with the daily prayer request in the prayer guide, you may remember that a Baghdad congregation was held hostage on November 1st of last year. Forty-one Christians were killed, and many more injured. Since then, many believers have fled Iraq. But what is happening to those who remain?
February 10, 2011
This story is....wow. Lord, give me a heart to pray for boldness. Open my eyes to your Sovereign nature. Teach me to trust your Word.
excerpt from Ron Brackin's story "A Pastor in Baghdad"
Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
December 23, 2010
During the week of Christmas, Islamic groups repeated their threats against churches in Iraq. Congregations in Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk canceled all services after dark during the Christmas season and have decided not to put up Christmas decorations. Some have resorted to airport-style security at their entrances. Since the October 31 attack on a church in Baghdad, an estimated 1,000 Christian families have fled from the cities of Baghdad and Mosul alone.
June 10, 2010
The forgiveness and love offered by persecuted Christians is mind blowing sometimes. One man in Nigeria used to persecute Christians until he became a Christian himself. Muslim attackers wanted to punish him and killed his oldest son. The believer struggled with the loss of his son, but then went to the mastermind of the murder and offered forgiveness. His forgiveness was rejected, but the murderer’s son came to him and accepted Christ. Although he lost his son, the murderer’s son was saved eternally. He says,
May 27, 2010
In the June prayer guide that many of you are just receiving, you will see an entry on two brothers in Egypt. The limited space of the prayer guide did not have room for their full story. These Egyptian brothers have been facing challenges to their faith for years. They were forced to take Islamic Religion exams at school in order to receive a promotion to the next class. One brother wrote on his exam, “I am a Christian.” The other wrote, “My religion is Christianity.” Even when they were forced to retake the exam again, they wrote the same messages.
May 18, 2010
Iraqi Christians are being warned to leave or face terrible consequences. Muslim extremists wrote in a letter, “There’s no more room for you, infidels, among the Iraqi Muslims. Our swords shall be placed upon your necks and the necks of your followers and other Christians residing in Mosul.”