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Thousands of Iraqi Christians Flee for Their Lives

September 11, 2014 by Open Doors in

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Your Support Is Keeping Iraqi Refugees Alive

For the first time in more than 1,600 years, church bells did not ring in the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq. This city, along with several other historically Christian cities, has been taken over by ISIS, a Muslim extremist group set on eradicating Christianity from Syria, and now Iraq.

Thousands of Christians have had to flee for their lives as these extremists have infiltrated their towns. Many have only the clothes on their backs and have been left with absolutely nothing.

“There were lots of families walking,” shared one Christian. “It was crowded in the streets in the middle of the night.”

Because of your support, Open Doors is on the ground helping to keep these brave Christians alive, providing food, water, shelter and other needed items to help Iraqi Christians in their greatest hour of need.

“When you hear that people are fleeing without any food or water, walking for half a day or longer with only a plastic bag with their belongings, you just want to provide help,” shares an Open Doors worker.

“People can live a day without water; but in this heat, it is imperative that we act immediately.”

Open Doors has been working with local churches to set up temporary shelter for these refugees. But the number of refugees is growing daily as circumstances drastically deteriorate for Christians on a daily basis.

The situation in Iraq has gone from bad to worse. In 2003, there were more than a million Christians in Iraq. Today, less than 100,000 remain… and the recent violence has caused thousands more to flee. As a result, there are almost no Christians left in Iraq.

Because of your generous gifts, Open Doors has been able to support the few Christians who remain in Iraq. And through these courageous Christians, God is doing amazing things in spite of the violence that many are experiencing on a daily basis.

As one Open Doors field worker recently shared, “Even with the violence surrounding them, they are faithful to show God’s love in such a time as this.”

The situation in Iraq has gone from bad to worse. In 2003, there were more than a million Christians in Iraq. Today, less than 100,000 remain… and the recent violence has caused thousands more to flee. As a result, there are almost no Christians left in Iraq.

While there are forces seeking to exterminate Christianity from Iraq, God is using friends like you to keep the light of the gospel shining in this darkness through the few Christians who remain alive. And as a result, the gospel message is spreading… even in the most hostile circumstances.

So thank you for your prayers and gifts which have helped keep these brave Christians in Iraq alive!

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  1. Although hashtags can cause a false sense of action, I believe that the #BringBackOurGirls campaign is a powerful example of how it can be used as an incredible advocacy tool. Social media and the power of hashtags can grow awareness overnight…event when our secular media fails to report such horrific crimes.

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