Iraq – 5 Ways We Are Helping Christians

The church in Iraq is disappearing, with more than 70% of the Christian population having left the country over the last 15 years. It’s estimated that there are only 250,000 Christians left in Iraq, over half of them are displaced. 

This situation will take generations to heal and rebuild. Open Doors were working with the church in Iraq well before the rise of the Islamic State and, God willing, will be there for many years to come.

We want to help strengthen the church in Iraq, so for the month of August we are asking for donations to Iraq. We have a goal of $200,000 and need your help to reach this goal. Click here to donate to the Iraq Appeal.

Your donation to our Iraq Appeal will support Christians with things like:

1. Emergency Relief (Food, Healthcare & Housing)

Food and hygiene packs for Iraqi IDPs.

Food and hygiene packs for Iraqi IDPs.

Through local partners and churches, Open Doors distributes food/hygiene packages to about 15,000 displaced Christian families (about 75,000 people) each month. Providing quality food, clean water, sanitation and healthcare is the first step in ensuring the survival of the church.

2. Bibles & Christian Literature

When this boy received his Bible and sticker book, he sat down straight away and started reading.

Many Christians have lost everything, leaving their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. There is a demand for Bibles and Christian books as people seek to continue reading God’s word.

3. Training & Teaching

25-year-old youth leader Martin holds a youth meeting.

25-year-old youth leader Martin holds a youth meeting.

Christians are strengthened through training in Christian development and individual discipleship. Our ministry includes training Sunday School teachers and holding Bible studies.

“We are gathering each week to pray with each other, but we also encourage each other during the week. We are trying to apply Jesus’ words to our lives and be friends to one another and the people in our village,” says Martin (pictured). “It’s because of their persistence in prayer and encouragement that they are slowly picking up their lives.”

4. Trauma Care

A 13-year-old displaced child drew this picture : 'I dream of becoming an architect and go back to my city and rebuilt it'.

A 13-year-old displaced child drew this picture: ‘I dream of becoming an architect and go back to my city and rebuilt it’.

Open Doors has been providing trauma care in Iraq for over eight years, teaching trauma care trainers and volunteers. The participants are equipped with basic skills and taught from the Bible how to treat people suffering from trauma, which allows them to support others while keeping a healthy attitude themselves.

5. Job Creation

Suaad is a Christian woman, originally from Mosul, but fled to Erbil about 6 years ago because of persecution. She now works in a sewing factory supported by Open Doors.

Suaad is a Christian woman, originally from Mosul, but fled to Erbil about 6 years ago because of persecution. She now works in a sewing factory supported by Open Doors.

There is a real need for families to have their dignity and independence restored. We want to see emotional and spiritual restoration, at the same time creating jobs and income for these families allowing them to return to independent living. Open Doors provide microloans to Christians who have a vision and plan for generating their own income.

Iraq Appeal Give

This is our mission. It has been from the beginning. To strengthen the church that remains, and see it not only survive, but fulfil the Great Commission.

We want to see emotional and spiritual restoration, while at the same time rebuilding jobs and income for these families, allowing them to return to independent living.

Support the church in Iraq and help us reach our $200,000 goal.

Australia – Click here to give
New Zealand – Click here to give

If this project is overfunded, donations will go where most needed worldwide.

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  1. Pingback: Creating Jobs – Suaad From Iraq | The Open Doors Blog

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