Mosul Liberation: Why It’s Significant To Christians

Mosul was Iraq’s second largest city before the Islamic State conquered it in June 2014. Right now the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces are embarking on an operation to liberate the city.

“For the first time in 1,600 years, there has been no Mass said in Mosul today.” – Archbishop of Erbil, June 2014.

Mosul’s Significance To Christians

Mosul was home to one of the largest Christian communities in Iraq before the 2003 invasion by US and coalition forces. Prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq had a Christian population of 1.5 million. By 2003 this had dropped 850,000 and now we estimate this to be around 250,000.

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Behind each number is a person, a story – Your impact in 2015

Emergency Relief

Food and relief handed out to Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon (February 2016).

This post was written by Mike Gore, CEO Open Doors Australia.

Every year we publish our Impact Report. This is not just a financial report, but represents real impact on real lives. Behind every number is a story.

I am often humbled by the reality that the stories we tell from the persecuted church aren’t fictional, nor historical… they are current. To know that this type of persecution is happening in this moment in world history so often drives me to hope-filled prayer.

I’ve had many people ask me the following (very good) questions;

• How does Open Doors work in the field?
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Islamic State defeated in Fallujah – what does it mean for Christians?

A view is seen of streets in Falluja. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A view is seen of streets in Falluja. Photo: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

On Monday 23 May, the government offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from Islamic State began. Five weeks later, on Sunday 26 June, the Iraqi government declared the city fully liberated and back in government control. 

They have now set their eyes on liberating Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said of the Iraqi flag, “God willing, soon it will be flying in Mosul.” Continue reading

A Dedicated Faith – A Christian Response to Ramadan

This year Open Doors is asking churches and small groups in Australia and New Zealand to participate in A Dedicated Faith. We want to see Muslims who are seeking God, find who He truly is and come learn the truth about Jesus. We also want to uplift Christians living in Islamic countries throughout Ramadan.

Ramadan, an opportune time…

Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar running from 6 June – 5 July. During these 30 days, Muslims will fast during sunlight hours, and pray in order to get closer to Allah. Muslim’s believe that it was during Ramadan that the first revelations of the Quran were made to Muhammad.

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Islamic State, Boko Haram & the Church – Will the Church be destroyed by extremists?

Will the church be destroyed by extremists?

‘Islamic extremism’ was the main source of persecution in 70% of the countries on the World Watch List 2016 (WWL). We take a closer look at these countries and how local Christians are responding. Continue reading

Persecution of Christians intensifies worldwide – 2016 World Watch List

View the 50 countries where Christians are persecuted most

North Korea ranked number one

North Korea - Watch tower as seen from the Yalu river

North Korea – Watch tower as seen from the Yalu river

North Korea ranks number one for the 14th consecutive year in the Open Doors World Watch List, ranking the top 50 countries that persecute Christians. The Hermit Kingdom has ranked number one again as leader Kim Jong Un continues to try and stamp out organised religion in what he views as a challenge to his power. Continue reading

Is Passion the most overused, underrated and misunderstood word in our Christian vocabulary?

Pyramids in Egypt

This blog is from Open Doors Australia CEO, Mike Gore. Check out his blog here.

As I walked through the streets of Old Islamic Cairo everywhere I looked I saw passion, devotion and a spiritual discipline that I can’t help but acknowledge… sometimes it’s in the wrong things even the wrong God!

But every now and then as though a light piercing through the darkest of nights I saw it explode into life pointed in the right direction and at the right God and it was one of the most inspirational and contagious things I’ve ever seen.

True Passion causes people to risk everything… life, family, wealth and status all in a radical pursuit of God.

I recently spent time with 2 beautiful girls from Iran Miriam and Marzieyh. They were so desperate to share Christ with their nation they secretly distributed almost 20,000 Bibles in Tehran. Sadly, they were caught distributing these Bibles and placed into the notorious Evin Prison and sentenced to death by hanging. Continue reading