The Iraqi people need our prayers. Iraqi Christians need our prayers. The climate of uncertainty and diminished confidence in the government armed forces to provide security and stability are causing many, particularly Christians, to seriously consider the hope of emigration. Even though the intervention of multi-national air support has seriously diminished the ability of ISIS to expand their influence in Iraq, there is little hope that displaced people will be able to return to their homes for many months at best.
Among the many Iraqis I spoke with while in Baghdad in August it was clear that they would prefer to stay in their homeland if they can, but almost all I spoke with are looking for options for leaving – ‘just in case’. Unfortunately, among the few Iraqi Christians who even have passports, even fewer are in a position to obtain a visa to travel to any other country, and even fewer yet have financial and logistical resources to travel abroad. Iraqi church leaders are NOT recommending that their people leave Iraq. Many Iraqi Muslim leaders (of course, those who are not associated with the IS fighters) have been communicating to the Iraqi Church leaders encouragement and hope that the Christian communities will continue to be a part of Iraqi history, culture and most importantly Iraq’s future.
In the midst of all of this uncertainty, fear and rampant rumours the town of Erbil has become a place of refuge and safety, and with the overcrowding in Erbil many have traveled to Baghdad to find help and shelter from relatives there. Families in Baghdad are already poor and live with meager resources. A massive relief effort, coordinated by a council of Church leaders from the Chaldean, Syrian, Armenian and other churches is being pooled in the attempt to meet the needs of as many as possible, among both Christians and non-Christians, all who have lost their homes and livelihoods, and have been looted of all worldly possessions.
The immediate humanitarian need is massive – the ongoing humanitarian need is even more immense.
From my information the Church network is functioning alongside the Kurdish and Iraqi authorities. The Iraqi people and Iraqi Christians need our prayers, and our financial support. The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf will relay your donations to support the inter-church network in Iraq who are ministering relief to the thousands in need.
The Iraqi people and Iraqi Christians need our prayers, and our financial support. The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf will relay your donations to support the inter-church network in Iraq who are ministering relief to the thousands in need.
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