As Iraq battles COVID-19 along with the rest of the world, ISIS continues to cause trouble in the northern regions of the country.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed Iraqi life in several ways, says Samuel of Redemptive Stories. Cases have skyrocketed in recent days, and the country now has over 20,000 official cases. The government has instituted lockdowns, curfews, and vehicle restrictions. “Arabs are riding bicycles a lot more,” Samuel says, “which has never been part of our culture in any way, shape, or form.”
On top of the pandemic, Iraq still has to deal with violence from ISIS. Samuel says, “I think that ISIS, like the rest of us, is using technology in a new and fresh way. They are using Zoom, they are using the same means by which we communicate to have private conversations and meetings. They’re doing the same thing. And they’ve learned to adapt.”
But the Church is adapting too
Samuel describes the Church in Iraq as “surviving,” before the pandemic, but interaction with social media has made a lot of impact in the country. “One pastor that we spoke to recently has 10,000 people that watch his live service every week. His church only has [between] 300-500 people.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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