Christians in the Middle East – Iraq
Most people heard about the bad news about our Christian brothers coming from Iraq. It is very sad indeed.
The same can be said about our brothers in Egypt. (By the way – this site from Raymond Ibrahim has some very good and sensible insights on Islam).
I have had students from Iraq – and most of them were very good students. You could tell they were serious about Christianity and ministry. The following letter is from one of them who is ministering in Iraq.
May God bless him and let’s join him and the other persecuted Christians in prayer: Hebrews 13:3.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, that how I would like to start sharing with you how we are doing in Iraq/ Baghdad.
Actually we are not doing very well these days, as you know the extremists attacked one of the Catholic Church last week which is three blocks far from my church, and they killed more 50 people and so many injured people. what happened created among Christians frustration and fear. if you have a look at the pictures and hearts ear the stories of those who were in there you cannot hold your tears and even your feelings. the situation was so hard even beyond our imagination. all I can say we are truly living the book Acts. we are seeing with our hearts, minds, and eyes what dose it mean to be Christian. the Christians stayed at their homes after that, as long as they cannot protect their families from the hand of terrorists in the churches, however today the extremists killed many Christians in their houses by using guns and explosive things. that made the situation more hard and worse.
I do not want to say we are doing great, and we have great faith during this time. I am personally so concerned about my church, my people, and my family. at the same Sunday when they attacked the Catholic Church the Iraqi Police came to my church at the middle of our service and talked to me. the police guy told me “please stop the service and let your people go home NOW NOW, we are not able to protect you if anything happens so just run”. I was in a situation that could not imagine for a while, and could imagine my church people would be hostages or murdered, however that what the Lord said to all of us in john 16 “All this I told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue, in fact atom is coming when anon who kills you will think he is offering a service to God”
I am reading the Bible now in a different way that I never read it before, in a way when I could imagine all what the Lord said I might go through, and all what happened in early church could my church also go through. Now I can understand more Paul when he said “And now, compelled by the Holy Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. however I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- that task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace” now I could feel what Paul said and what was his heart and emotions.
brothers and sisters, “Christianity without suffering is tasteless”, we believe God has something very special to our churches in Iraq. we do not know yet, but it could be unity among the churches, let the whole world know what is going on among in Islamic countries, revival among the catholic church and even the evangelical church in Iraq and the whole world
as I am writing this e-mail to you, I got a message on my phone I would like to share it with you ” dear ………. please be carful because today they killed many Christians and they put under their cars explosive things so watch and search your car carefully before every time you drive it. also I heard they are collecting information about Christians in our areas, and even they are spying on our phones, take care” that just to make the picture more clear to you and to know how to pray for us.
please keep us in your prayers, ask the Lord to let us speak always about him and his love. and being faithful to him in our faith, action, word, and prayer. He is so good, and I love Him and His kingdom so much. please pray for me so I can say and Live what Paul says ” I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Jesus has given me- that task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace”
thank you so much, and let us always remember and believe God is good all the time
God bless you