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Three Christians are dead and two seriously injured following attacks on believers by gunmen in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk on the evening of April 26. In one attack, two women, Suzan Latif David and Muna Banna David, were killed in their home. In a separate attack in the same area, Yousif Shaba and his sons Thamir and Basil were shot by gunmen. Basil was killed and at last report Shaba and Thamir were in critical condition. One of the nine men arrested has suspected links to al-Qaeda. Local clergy have condemned the killings, which have sparked fear of further violence against the Christian community.

Ask God to fill those who mourn for these believers with a peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of their grief (Philippians 4:7). Pray for protection for Christians in Kirkuk. Ask God to continue to equip Iraqi Christians to be cross-bearing disciples as they serve Him.

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

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC is partnering to teach and equip persecuted Christian women sewing skills so that they can provide a sustainable source of income for their families and give them the opportunity to be witnesses for Christ through their new businesses. VOMC partners to provide biblical training on discipleship and the theology of persecution to Muslim Background Believers.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

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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