Christians in Iraq

Greg Strand – June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

We read daily reports of the civil war in Iraq. The situation is bad and getting worse. The Islamist terrorists continue to made advances, toppling most things in their path. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2003 war. Much of this devastation is led by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group. The most seriously affected is the Christian community.

One report states that “the Christian centre of Iraq has been totally ransacked.” More specifically, “Christians are fleeing severe violence targeting them, including church attacks, killings, robberies, and rapes, and the Christian population in Mosul shrunk from 35,000 to 3,000 in the past decade. In the last week, the remaining Christians fled, according to World Watch Monitor, which analyzes the reasons behind the exodus.”

Canon Andrew White, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, has ministered faithfully in this region, and he pleads, “We urgently need help and support. … We are in a desperate crisis.” You can read further about this at this link. Though this report is about a week old, it gives you a sense of what they are experiencing. And what it describes has only become worse.

Our Christian brothers and sisters need prayer!

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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