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Date Treat Recipe

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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.


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.