Syria and Iraq are still recovering from ISIS and war—Christians left the countries in droves, and many haven’t returned. There is real fear the church could “evaporate,” in the words of one church leader in the region where Christianity has been active for thousands of years.
Open Doors estimates that 1 million of the 1.8 million Syrian Christians fled the country during the civil war.
And while there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq in the early 1990s, estimates are now that there are around only 200,000 believers left.
ISIS wanted to destroy the church from the root, and the question remains: Will they succeed?
Our answer must be a resounding NO!