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Destruction of St. George's Church
Photos from
Compass Direct


A group of armed Muslim men set fire to the St. George Assyrian Church in Dora district of Baghdad on May 18, according to a May 22 report from Compass Direct. The Muslims poured gasoline on the church before setting it on fire. This church was bombed in a series of attacks on Assyrian churches in 2004. Over the past four weeks, the threats against the Iraqi Christian community in Dora have intensified. Many Christian families have fled the area or sought refuge in local churches.

Pray that those who seek to hinder the work of the Church in Iraq will come to repentance and respond to God's grace (Acts 9:1-19). Pray for church leaders as they provide encouragement and hope to their congregations in this difficult time.

For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Iraq, click here.

Current Ministry Project

By working with credible ministry partners, VOMC is providing persecuted Christian women sewing skills training so they can receive a sustainable source of income and thus adequately support their families. In addition, these women are able to seize the opportunities presented to them through their new businesses by serving as effective witnesses for Christ.

Project Fund: Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
39,650,145 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab (75-80), Kurdish (15-20), Turkoman, Assyrian, and other (5)

Religion (%)
Islam (95-98), Christianity (1), other (1-4)

Leader
President Barham Salih (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system

Mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iraq

Pray for the protection of the remaining believers in Iraq during this time of upheaval and danger. May many churches and Christian relief organizations seize the opportunity to provide greatly needed assistance and ministry to the numerous suffering people of this war-torn nation. As God’s work of healing, provision and restoration takes place, pray that a stable democratic government will be established.

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