Iraq

Iraq is considered the birthplace of humanity and was likely the ancient home of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. However, the nation's illustrious past stands in stark contrast to current political unrest and ongoing violence.

The situation in North Iraq continues to be desperate for so many.  Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have had to flee their homes in the face of extremist violence and brutal conflict. 

OM has a long history of work in Iraq, has had staff serving on the ground for a number of years, and has relationships with churches and believers from different backgrounds in the area.

In response to the current crisis, OM has launched a relief project that is currently being implemented in four locations in North Iraq, helping thousands of people from Christian, Yazidi and minority Muslim backgrounds, with basic food aid, hygiene kits, along with mattresses and blankets to help with immediate needs.  The situation is very fluid, and the team’s response is adapting in some places on an almost daily basis.

Since 2011, OM has helped tens of thousands of families in need due to the crisis in Syria.  Lives have been impacted physically, emotionally and spiritually. Syrians have received real help at their time of need, and significant numbers have met Christ for the first time. These principles are the basis for OM’s present response to the humanitarian disaster in North Iraq: that is, responding according to existing relationships, working with local believers, helping people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds without conditions, though constantly looking for opportunities to be missional. OM longs to see Iraqis helped at this time of need in every way, especially for them to meet and experience Jesus.

HOW CAN YOU HELP

PRAY — Pray for the many families who have been forced to leave their homes and are seeking shelter in temporary accommodations, many of which are unsuitable for approaching winter conditions. Pray for comfort for those living in a climate of fear and uncertainty.  Pray that OM workers would be able to establish effective relief systems and find open doors to spread the hope of Jesus amongst people who are suffering emotionally and physically.

GIVE — Give to help support the work of OM in Iraq 

GO — See open job opportunities for Iraq. Contact us personnel.neast@om.org or visit http://www.om.org/en/opportunities.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IRAQ

  • Population: 32.6 million 
  • Languages: Arabic, Kurdish
  • Religious Make-Up: Muslim 99%
  • State of Economy: The oil sector dominates Iraq’s state-run economy. The country struggles with high unemployment rates and faces rampant corruption and outdated business structures. As of 2014, conflicts caused by Islamist extremist groups have uprooted over 1.2 million Iraqis, forcing them to flee from their homes and constituting a humanitarian crisis. Violence and instability is rampant, especially in North Iraq.
  • State of the church: In 2014, Islamist extremist groups forced Christians to leave their homes in specific regions. Believers in Iraq face not only persecution but also incredible pressure to provide for the physical needs of thousands of displaced peoples.

*Stats from The World Factbook (www.cia.gov)

Pray for Iraq

Thank You for the beautiful, historical country of Iraq. Thank You for the way the persecuted Christians there are staying strong in faith and being a witness to those around them. We pray that You grant this terror-stricken nation peace and both spiritual and material provision; let Your power be seen by those opposing you and let Your healing begin.

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