Makruhi*, a trainer and lecturer, goes from village to village, from one church community to another, to bring hope to displaced Christians in Iraq. Recently she shared some of the issues Christians in Iraq are facing.
“If you want a better life just immigrate to the West.” This is normative advice for a better life that Iraqi Christians frequently receive. I recently spoke at a big Christian event offering another way of gaining a better life. “You need to believe two things,” I explained during the lecture. “First, you must believe that you are, as an individual, loved by God. Second, you must love those around you.”
I told them it was easy to believe that God loves you when everything is going alright. But what about when you lose someone you love or you experience failure or illness? Or what if you lose all your material belongings like many did after they were displaced? Do you still believe that God loves you? We have a lot of verses that demonstrate God’s love and care.
I quoted Isaiah 49:16 which says:
“I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
And Isaiah 43:1-4 which says:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine…
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you…
Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”
“But,” I told them, “the best proof of His love is that He died for me on the cross, not only to give me a better life but also eternal life which is the most important of all.” At the end of my speech, a lady in her twenties came to me crying. “It was as if you were talking to me,” she said. “I have lost my husband and was having difficulty believing that God loved me. But now I see that He does love me.”
“But, the best proof of His love is that He died for me on the cross…”
I feel privileged being able to work here, but I also feel privileged knowing that I have foreign brothers and sisters who are praying for me as I go because this is not my work alone. They speak to our Father in heaven in their own language. Our Father answers them in Iraq in Arabic. God bless you for your involvement in this ministry!
*Name changed for security reasons.
Praise God for Makruhi and the ways He is using her to remind believers in Iraq of the hope of the gospel. Pray that He would continue strengthening His church.
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