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Iraq: Inviting Muslims In

Muslim school girls in Iraq

A Story from VOM’s President, Jim Dau

In northern Iraq, I met a pastor whose church is giving aid to Muslims who have been driven out of their homes by war. One day, he invited the Muslims inside the church so they could get out of the rain. They sat down and waited to receive their aid packages. The pastor share Scriptures with them. Since then, the Muslims who come for help want the pastor to preach a sermon before they get their packages!

The seeds of the gospel are being planted.

To Talk About

  • What does it mean that “the seeds of the gospel are being planted”?
  • It’s not always safe to talk to Muslims in Iraq about Jesus. Why do you think the pastor does it anyway?
  • Do you think it’s a good idea for the church to give aid to Muslims? Why or why not?

Praying for Muhammad and Covered Ladies

Ibrahim, a pastor in Iraq, says that many Muslims are seeking the truth. “A lot of people are turning away from Islam,” Pastor Ibrahim said. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Ibrahim encourages Christians to pray for more Muslims to come to Christ. He told VOM workers about one way his Christian friend prays for Muslims.

Ibrahim said, “My friend told me, “When I wake up, I don’t just pray for Muslims. Instead I say, “Lord, everyone whose name is Muhammad, please come to him.”’ So he is going to be praying for 20 percent of Muslims.” [Muhammad is the man who started Islam. Many Muslims name their sons after him.]

“We can also pray for every covered lady, ‘Please Lord, show yourself to her.’ So we are praying for 40 percent of Muslims.” [Strict Muslims believe that women should cover themselves in robes and scarves in public.]

To Think About
Pastor Ibrahim’s friend thought of a way to pray for Muslims. He prays for everyone named Muhammad, and for “covered ladies.” What are some other ways you can pray for Muslims?


Date Treat Recipe

Date

Melt ½ cup of butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low to medium heat.
Add 1 cup of flour and stir continuously until the mixture becomes a paste.
Continue stirring until the paste is golden brown. Add 2 cups of chopped dates and stir well.
Continue stirring over the heat while adding ¼ cup of honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon.

Stir until the mixture becomes difficult to stir, but still looks like a paste.
Remove from the heat. Let the mixture sit until it is cool enough to handle, but still warm.
Stir and mix well again; then shape into balls a little smaller than golf balls.
Roll in sesame seeds, almond pieces, pistachio pieces, or another garnish.

Source: Bold Believers in Iraq, available free in the Downloads section.

To Do: Enter “Iraq” in the search box of this site to find stories of Iraqi Christians.


Exile Nights

In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Youth groups all across the United States are experiencing a small part of what displaced believers face every day through Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Watch the video to see what leaders and students at one church said about their Exile Night experience. Learn more about Exile Nights on i-am-n.com.


Back to School for Iraqi Children

Iraq
Iraqi children in school

Christians in Iraq have been driven from their homes and their cities by fighters who belong to ISIS, a radical Muslim group. Christian families have to leave behind their belongings and everything that is familiar to them.

When they arrive in another country, there is often no place for the children to go to school. Many Iraqi children have been out of school for more than a year.

With VOM’s help, a church near a refugee camp has started a school. (See the photo above.) The church leaders fixed up a house with a big backyard. They planned to open the school to 25 children. About 100 students signed up.

The goal of the school is to “bring the love of God to every house through the children.”

Enter “Iraq” in the Search box to find stories and videos about Christians from Iraq.

To Think About
If you had to leave your house without carrying anything away with you, what would you miss the most when you settled in a new place? Pray for Iraqi children who miss the things they had to leave behind.