Nineveh Plains Christians
To the north of the Nineveh Plains sits the Kurds, and to the east is Iran. To the south and west is the remainder of Iraq. Because of the geography, Christians on this area have traditionally been trapped between the three forces. Now, the militia on this space has taken it upon itself to implement the rule of the land.
In efforts to disentangle the militia from Iranian affect, Iraq’s prime minister just lately issued an govt order. The order is supposed to combine the militia with Iraq’s formal armed forces, however it might find yourself impacting native Christians.
“You have this central government that has never stood up for this minority that is lived there for centuries. So, whenever there’s a problem with ISIS or whatever, it always seems to start in the same area, that’s no accident. It’s because the central government is either weak or is unable or unwilling to stand up for the Christian minorities,” Dr. David Curry with Open Doorways USA explains.
“These militias gain in strength. They want to take over territory, or they become a law unto themselves. So, it’s continually happened, what we what we’d like to see is for the Iraqi government to stand up for the Christian minorities.”
Since ISIS was pushed out of the world, some Christians have returned to their houses. Nonetheless, the Christian inhabitants within the area is a fraction of what it was earlier than ISIS. Curry believes some Christians are suspending their return whereas ready to see if the central authorities will shield Christians within the Nineveh Plains. Additionally they wish to decide that ISIS fighters actually are away from the world.
Responding With Prayer
“I would love to see believers praying for the Iraqi believers because they really are salt and light in a very difficult area,” Curry urges.
“Their strength, their courage is amazing. But we need to pray for their boldness [and] their security. We want to see Christians in Iraq and Iran, throughout the Middle East, strong in their faith, able to share their faith and live in peace.”
Pray for the Iraqi believers’ energy, boldness, and security. Additionally, pray for God’s Phrase to go forth on this area and alter lives for the higher. Pray for this space to know the Gospel and reply to it.
Header picture was taken in April 2017 throughout a UNESCO mission to Nineveh, Iraq, which was closely destroyed and excavated by ISIS. Header picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.