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Learn an Iraqi Arabic Greeting

“Shako mako” means “What’s new?”

How to say it: SHAH-koo MAH-koo.


Date Syrup: An Iraqi Recipe

Dates are a popular snack in Iraq.

To make date syrup, mix one banana and ½ cup chopped dates in a blender on high speed until smooth.

Add ¼ cup of apple juice and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon.

Mix again.

Add more apple juice if you want thinner syrup.

Pour the syrup on your favorite food or dessert.

Serve fresh.


Writing in Ancient Iraq

Writing
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The Sumerians were an ancient group of people. They lived in the region that is now Iraq. The Sumerians developed a system of writing called “cuneiform,” which means “wedge shaped.” Sumerian scribes wrote on clay tablets with styluses.

Write something on a flattened rectangle of modeling clay by pressing the end of a Popsicle stick into the clay. Use no curved or rounded marks. Make only straight marks like the marks used in cuneiform writing.


Iraq: Man Finds Jesus; Loses Home

Iraq

One day, Jesus was walking along the road with His disciples. A man said to him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus answered, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:58). Today, people in some places who choose to follow Jesus may also find themselves without a comfortable bed of their own.

Dreams of Jesus
Jason used to have a home in Iraq. In his bed at night, he began to have dreams about Jesus.

Jason, his wife and their children were Muslims. Muslims believe that Jesus was a good man but not the Son of God. They worship Allah. And they believe Allah lets people into heaven if they have done enough good works. But no one knows how many good works are “enough.” Christians know that people are saved only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

But Jason’s dreams led him to think more about Jesus. He found out the truth about salvation through Christ, and he became a Christian!

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Iraq

Iraq

Iraq

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Capital
Baghdad

Size
In area, Iraq is a little bigger than California.

Main Languages
Farsi (Persian)

Time

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 3:00 p.m. in Baghdad.

Interesting Fact
The place where God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den was in the area where Iraq is located today. (The story is in Chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel in the Bible.)

 

History
Saddam Hussein became the president of Iraq in 1979. When he ruled, Christians were free to go to church, but they were not free to teach others about Jesus outside of their churches. Some Christians met outside the church buildings in house churches.

The U.S. government believed that Hussein was a danger to his own citizens and to other countries. Soldiers from the United States and other countries forced Hussein from power in 2003. Radical Muslims in some places began to try to take control.

Religion
More than 95% of the people of Iraq are Muslim. Less than 5% are Christians.

Persecution
Since 2003, many Christians have fled Iraq because of violence by terrorists and extremists.  Some who stayed behind have been attacked, kidnapped, or killed. Because of their struggles and serious threats, a number of churches have closed their doors. However, some Iraqis have become more open to the gospel.