How you can help Iraqi Christians


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Relief Updates:

1. Iraqi Christian Relief Update — Archdeacon in the Gulf Visit (Oct. 2015)


Christians in Iraq have suffered terribly over the last months. Archbishop Foley Beach described the situation in a recent statement:

In Iraq, hundreds of thousands of believers have fled their homes, reducing the Christian population to a quarter of the size it was in 1990. Many took refuge in Syria or Lebanon, while others are internally displaced in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, which once provided relative peace and stability. But Iraqi Christian refugees are no longer safe in Syria, as anti-Christian violence threatens all Christians in the country, while Iraqi Kurdistan is now also seeing escalating tensions; Christians also struggle to find work to support themselves there. Recent events in Mosul have seen the city’s Christian population totally exterminated by murder or the evacuation of Christians.

Anglican leaders in the region, including ARDF Global Trustee Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, have called for an end to the violence and for prayer and assistance for persecuted Iraqi Christians.

What can you do to help?


First, please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters suffering displacement and persecution in Iraq. Cry out to God for an end to the violence, comfort for families who have lost loved ones, and hope for those whose lives have been shattered by this conflict. Archbishop Beach offers these suggested prayers,

Heavenly Father, we bring before you today the people of Syria and Iraq, asking you to be their defender and help in their time of need. Walk with them in their suffering and loss, and give them strength to face the days ahead. We pray for release of the captives and freedom for those held hostage. We pray for your intervention against the violence and evil against your people. We pray for your provision for the hungry, the homeless, and the bereaved. We pray for you to help your people who are called by your Name, Jesus’ Name, and it is in His Name we ask these things. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to
love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to
truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; 
and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Edited from the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of
the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to
those who are far off and to those who are near: 
Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, 
especially in Syria and Iraq; bring the nations into your fold; 
pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; 
and hasten the coming of your kingdom; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Second, consider making a donation to one of the many organizations offering help to refugees.

ARDF is partnering with Archbishop Mouneer and the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East to offer direct aid to refugees who are in dire need of food and shelter through the local Anglican Church.

Please click the link below to donate to this effort through ARDF.

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