Christian persecution charity Open Doors USA is helping to restore the homes of nearly 700 Iraqi Christians after their homes were destroyed by ISIS.
After ISIS began to lose control of the region last year, Christians have been moving back home, but the process has been slow and many have come back to find their homes and communities destroyed.
That’s where Open Doors stepped in and is partnering with ministry affiliates in Iraq to bring hope and restoration to these displaced Christians by rebuilding 678 homes.
Open Doors explains the grave situation many Iraqi Christians faced after the Islamic State took over:
“After three years of Islamic State occupation and devastation in the wake of the ISIS war, our local partners are sharing stories of continued hope for the Nineveh Plains and the believers who were forced to flee when militants issued their ultimatum: ‘Convert, leave or die.’ For more than two years, occupying Islamic jihadists tried to erase any evidence of Christianity from the city–burning churches, destroying crosses, toppling bell towers.”
The Lord gave them the strength to endure these trials, and now He is answering their prayers by providing help like that offered by Open Doors.
You can read the detailed stories of families who are setting down roots in their homeland once again here.
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Publication date: February 15, 2018
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.