One of our families living in Baghdad was fire-bombed by a Shiite Militia group in the area. The device used to destroy their home wasn’t homemade, it was a military grade incendiary device typical of that used by terrorists.
The family escaped with their lives but lost everything to the fire. His mother, already suffering from a medical condition, was weakened considerably by the exposure to the smoke and fumes. She’s too weak to travel as the family is now forced to flee to Kurdistan in the North for protection.
The reason behind the targeting of this young man and his family is their conversion from Islam to Christianity. A couple of months ago this young man was saved in Duhok. He had a genuine “Born Again” experience with Christ and returned to his home and began sharing his experience with others of his community. The result was that a number of other families also came to believe. For this, his right to believe, to exercise Freedom of Religion, now a part of the Iraq Constitution, he and his family were targeted by radicals for death.
THERE’S A COST FOR COMING TO CHRIST IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
Kurdistan, in the north, has become a refuge for families such as these who’ve become the targets of Islamic Extremists who use their religion as a political weapon to instill fear and control those under their influence and reach.
It’s a typical Hotel California situation; “You can check out anytime, but you can never leave.”
As the family flees the South, they come to the Kurdistan Region with nothing. We had two other families (former Muslim’s) who also had to flee their home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They had to survive on the streets until we could get to them with help. Obviously, we’re not posting pictures for their protection but the photo below show their “Street Stove” for preparing their meals.
Pastor Layth, was able, despite the Covid-19 travel restrictions, to get to the city to where these families fled (undisclosed for now) and set them up with an apartment and basic necessities to make a new beginning as believers in the North. Thank GOD for the Kurdistan Autonomous Region.
We were able to respond to this need and that of our newest family, thanks to the generous support of all of you who have helped our Christian Family Relief project.
WE ANTICIPATE 30 MORE SUCH FAMILIES FLEEING TO THE NORTH FOR THEIR LIVES OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS
Our Fire-Bombed family is in transit to the North now. Pastor Layth and our Kurdistan team are making the necessary preparations for their arrival.
CONCLUSION: We saw this coming years ago and realized that Kurdistan would become a Safe Haven for Believers, now it’s happening pretty much as we anticipated it. This is why our presence and base in the Kurdish North is so vital for a Christian presence in a land that has sought its extinction.
Currently there are some events in motion that for securities sake we cannot publicly disclose at the moment. For now, let’s just say that something is happening in high places within the region and appears to be nothing short of miraculous. We’ll share more as it unfolds but for now it’s necessary that we not reveal the details.
DESPITE THE OPPOSITION & THE WORLDWIDE QUARANTINE WE CONTINUE TO GROW AND EXPAND
Make no mistake about it, there’s a battle as never before for the soul of humanity. What we do or fail to do now will determine the future of our world.
If you’ve not already done so, join in with us and help fight the good fight of faith. For those of you who have, THANK YOU for helping us hold the line.