Many Believers Choose to Stay in Baghdad Despite Violence

The worst violence in Iraq in two years appears to be settling down in Baghdad. More than 100 people have died and thousands are wounded, according to Reuters. Iraq’s government is trying to appease protestors unhappy with corruption and insufficient services.

A worker we’ll call “Jane” serves with prayer ministry Cry Out Now. She says believers are staying put despite Baghdad’s unrest. “There is a growing Church in Iraq. Yes, Iraq has been devastated in the past and a lot of believers had [left],” Jane says.

“At the same time, there are still believers in the country that [have] chosen to stay, and continue carrying the light of Jesus in the city.”

How to pray for Iraq

Iraq sits at #13 on Open Doors’ World Watch List – a ranking of 50 nations with the worst persecution of Christians. The territorial defeat of ISIS reduced nationwide persecution, and some believers are returning to their homeland. However, Islamic oppression remains a threat to all Iraqi Christians.

“The Church in Iraq is specifically a group that we can be praying for, that God will continue to strengthen them, continue to give them the perseverance,” Jane says.

“They want to see God’s kingdom come into the land…they definitely need our prayers, and especially in this time.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth