|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Fuad Masum|
Iraq: Persistent Extremism.
Even before the rise of the Islamic State, Christians were regularly kidnapped and attacked. Now as the Islamic State is being driven out, the same old persecution returns. Many Christians have fled but some are returning to rebuild their homes. The Iraqi church has existed since the birth of Christianity but its numbers have been decreasing since the 1990s.
Strengthening What Remains.
Huge numbers of Christians have fled, but there is a church that remains. A community of Christians are determined to stay and rebuild the church. They are trying to survive in an increasingly Islamic society. Pressure is put on them daily to deny their faith.
Iraq remains split. The Kurdish military controls the north and the official Iraqi government control the remainder of the country. In both areas Christians continue to be harassed and intimidated. Christian women are often physically and verbally abused.
Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Iraq by:
Pray for many who are coming to faith in Iraq. Pray they will learn to walk with Jesus, even through hardships.
Pray for God to help returning Christians rebuild the church.
Pray for the worldwide body of Christ to support Christian workers who are keeping hope alive in Iraq.