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AG World Missions Helps Christian Refugees in Iraq

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The Islamic State (also known as ISIS), an extreme Sunni militant group, has rampaged across Iraq virtually unchecked for months, purging towns of Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities. Barbaric tactics, such as crucifixions, beheadings, rapes, forced conversions, seizing of properties, and more are being used to perpetuate the group’s desire to eliminate or subjugate those who oppose them.

Though many other religious minorities are suffering at the hands of ISIS, Christians are the primary target. Within one 24-hour period, as many as 2,000 refugee families flooded into a town north of Baghdad. At least 800 families found nowhere except the streets to sleep.

 

Greg Mundis, AGWM executive director, says, “The need of our fellow believers in Iraq is desperate. We who have experienced God’s unmerited favor have a responsibility to help Christians who are suffering there.”

As Christians flee persecution, several AG churches in Iraq are helping care for them. One church is presently housing 200 refugees.

 

“The current situation in Iraq exemplifies the importance of having established churches in a country that can touch the poor and suffering firsthand, quickly and effectively,” says Randy Hurst, AGWM communications director. “In spite of their own need, our Iraqi brothers and sisters began immediately reaching out to suffering Christians. They are doing all they can, but they need our help to do more. Through them, we can give aid to Christians in Iraq who are fleeing violent persecution.”  

 

Across the Nineveh plains, an estimated 200,000 Iraqi Christians have fled their homes. In the main Christian city of the region, church bells began tolling wildly at 2:30 a.m., warning residents to flee for their lives.

ISIS terrorists are occupying and destroying churches across Iraq, tearing down crosses; destroying religious documents, landmarks and holy sites; and forcing Christians to convert, pay enormous monthly fines, or be killed. Hundreds of young women have been kidnapped and imprisoned in militant-occupied churches, and dams and other infrastructure that Christian communities rely on for survival have been seized.

Omar Beiler, AGWM regional director for Eurasia says, “It grieves us to know that Christians in Iraq are enduring so much. At the same time, we are grateful we can help churches meet their needs in tangible ways.” 

These churches need financial help to purchase food and other emergency supplies, since most of the refugees have nothing of their own. A blanket can be provided for $10, a hygiene kit for $20, and a week’s worth of basic food items for a family of four for $60.

 

Those who want to help can give online at giving.ag.org by clicking “Middle East Refugee Crisis.” Checks should be mailed to AG World Missions, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. Indicate “Middle East Refugee Crisis – AGWM Suffering Church Fund #649230-0 (28)” on the memo line of the check. Donations also can be made by calling toll free 1-866-470-9514. 

“Please pray for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith and for those who are reaching out to nonbelievers in the love of Christ,” Mundis appealed. “Pray also that all compassionate efforts that are done will ‘open a door for the message’ (Colossians 4:3) in many lives.”

 

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