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Back to School for Iraqi Children

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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.


Iraqi Children Praying

Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items.

The video shows children praying at a Christian school in Jordan supported by The Voice of the Martyrs.


Standing with “N” Christians

I Am N T-Shirt

Do you remember the story of Jonah and the big fish? God wanted Jonah to warn the evil people of Ninevah that they would be destroyed if they did not stop sinning. But Jonah ran from God and ended up inside a big fish. After Jonah’s adventure in the sea, he obeyed God and warned the people of Ninevah. They repented of their sins and were not destroyed at that time.

The biblical city of Ninevah is in ruins today. But nearby is the city of Mosul, Iraq. Radical Muslims warned the Christians in Mosul to either leave the city or to become Muslims. Thousands of Christians fled their homes. “I am confused and sad,” said an Iraqi Christian.

The Muslims marked the homes of Christians with the symbol for the Arabic letter “N.” (See the symbol on the shirts in the photo.) The Muslims used the symbol to stand for “Nazarenes,” an Arabic term that is used to insult Christians.

Christians around the world began using the symbol not as an insult, but to show that they supported Christians who face threats and danger from extremist Muslims.

Like Jonah, some of the Christians who have left their homes are sharing the truth about God with Muslims. Cole Richards, Executive Vice President of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “More Muslims are coming to Christ now… than at any time in the history of missions since the advent of Islam 1400 years ago.”

Praise God for Christians who obey God and share the gospel, even in dangerous places, and for Christians around the world who stand up for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

  • *Outreach Packs are one way Christians are sharing the love of God with Muslims. Learn more here.
  • *Bold Believers in Syria, available in the Downloads section, includes stories about persecuted Syrian Christians. The book provides appropriate companion information for VOM’s “I Am N” information and resources.

Iraqi Kids

Iraqi Kids

A VOM partner has asked that Christians pray for Iraqi refugee children who cannot attend school. Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items they need.

Two of the children are shown in the photo.

Make a Prayer Card
Print the photo, and tape it to an index card or another card. Write something on the card to help you remember what to pray for the refugee children.


Miriam: An Iraqi Refugee

The previous post told about Christians in Iraq who have been driven from their homes by ISIS, a radical Muslim group. The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who have taken refuge in a mall that has been partly turned into a refugee camp.

The video in this post from SAT-7 shows an interview with a girl who lives with other refugees at the mall. SAT-7 is a Christian TV network.

As you watch the video, look for answers to the following questions.

  • How old is Miriam?
  • How long has she lived at the refugee camp?
  • What does Miriam want to do about those who drove her from her home?