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8Iraq

  • Leader: President Fuad Masum
  • Population: 39 million (258,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • World Watch List Rank: 8
 
BRING HOPE TO THE MIDDLE EAST

OTHER WAYS TO BRING HOPE TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Speak out to our government in advocacy and to God in prayer on behalf of our church family in the Middle East.

RAISE YOUR VOICE

 
 

Persecution comes primarily from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) – whose ideology is not dead – and other radical militants.

Tens of thousands of Christians remain displaced following the IS insurgency in 2014. In addition, Islamic leaders, clan leaders, extended family and ‘normal citizens’ all put pressure on Christians from a Muslim background to recant, sometimes using torture or physical attack. Converts risk harassment or discrimination at check-points, universities, work places and government buildings; they may also lose jobs, inheritance rights, or the ability to marry. 

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Please Pray 

  • Give thanks that some displaced believers are able to go home; pray for wisdom and faith for those who can’t
  • For Jesus to be evident in the lives of church leaders and that they will be good shepherds to new believers
  • For Open Doors partners helping to rebuild homes and create jobs for displaced believers. 
 

How Open Doors helps

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in Iraq through:

  • Providing trauma training and biblical training for church leaders and Muslim-background believers
  • Crisis relief – eg supporting displaced believers with relief aid and helping them rebuild their homes
  • Socio-economic development projects such as microloans for displaced people
  • Distributing Bibles and Christian literature and supporting Kurdish translations
  • Structural aid such as funding church repairs/equipment.

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