Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
We read daily reports of the civil war in Iraq. The situation is bad and getting worse. The Islamist terrorists continue to made advances, toppling most things in their path. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2003 war. Much of this devastation is led by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group. The most seriously affected is the Christian community.
One report states that “the Christian centre of Iraq has been totally ransacked.” More specifically, “Christians are fleeing severe violence targeting them, including church attacks, killings, robberies, and rapes, and the Christian population in Mosul shrunk from 35,000 to 3,000 in the past decade. In the last week, the remaining Christians fled, according to World Watch Monitor, which analyzes the reasons behind the exodus.”
Canon Andrew White, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, has ministered faithfully in this region, and he pleads, “We urgently need help and support. … We are in a desperate crisis.” You can read further about this at this link. Though this report is about a week old, it gives you a sense of what they are experiencing. And what it describes has only become worse.
Our Christian brothers and sisters need prayer!