Urgent prayer, help needed for Iraq’s Christians

first_img Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Urgent prayer, help needed for Iraq’s Christians Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Bud McAllister says: Rector Martinsville, VA By ACNS staffPosted Jun 16, 2014 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 June 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm “We’re all in this together; we all live downriver” Dartagna Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Fr. Stephen Stanley says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm Dear Brother Andrew,Every day I wear the Cross of Nails that you gave me when I last saw you at a CCN meeting, years ago. I pray for you and for your people in Iraq, whenever I put on this cross, which is my most treasured religious possession. I cannot imagine the horrors that you and your Christian people have been experiencing. But I also know that there is great faith and courage and God’s Grace in your community of St. George’s. I am committing some funds to your mission and support and will have my congregation pray for all of you and for Iraq. May God watch between us and between us and our people and between us and our enemies, that we all might be transformed and protected in His Love. 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At least one Assyrian church in Mosul has been burned down in the recent violence.A statement from the diocese said that Christians are feeling particularly vulnerable, “especially in light of the treatment of Christians in the Raqqah province of northern Syria where ISIS* has also established its authority.“Recall that, in February 2014, ISIS commanders in Raqqah forced Christian community leaders to sign a contract agreeing to a set of stringent conditions. These included the payment of a special tax (known as jizya), conduct of Christian rites only behind closed doors so as to be neither visible nor audible to Muslims, and adherence to Islamic commercial, dress code and dietary regulations.“Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh plain is the traditional heartland of Iraq’s Christian communities. Many Christians fled to this region when forced to leave Baghdad and other areas in recent years. Christians are alarmed at the ISIS take-over of Mosul, fearful that this will further accelerate the decline of the Christian presence in Iraq.”The statement said Christians in the country have asked for prayer for the following issues:The Christians of Mosul will know the close presence of Jesus, the guidance of the Spirit and the protection of the FatherThose who have chosen to remain in the city would not be subjected to violent or unjust treatmentHumanitarian assistance would reach all who are in need, whether having been displaced or remaining in MosulChristians throughout Iraq will know the peace and presence of Jesus each day, and will remain faithful to him and clear in their testimonyThe Iraqi authorities will act decisively to improve security for all citizens of Iraq.Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, also issued an appeal entitled “Please, please help us in this crisis”. Canon White who has lost hundreds of his congregation to the violence over the years, said Iraq was facing its worst crisis since 2003. “ISIS, a group that does not even see Al Qaida as extreme enough, has moved into Mosul, which is Nineveh. It has totally taken control, destroyed all government departments. Allowed all prisoners out of the prisons. Killed countless numbers of people. There are bodies over the streets. The army and police have fled, so many of the military resources have been captured. Tankers, armed vehicles and even helicopters are now in the hands of ISIS.”Writing on the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Canon Andrew said his work at St George’s–providing a spiritual home, medical care and humanitarian relief as well as promoting reconciliation amongst different religious groups–is inevitably suffering.“The summer is by far our worst time of the year for support,” he writes. “Both our Foundation in the UK and US have seriously had to reduce our funding. We are in a desperate crisis. So many of our people had returned their homes in Nineveh for the summer now they are stuck in this total carnage unable to even escape. We desperately need help so that we can help the Christians of this broken land just get through this new crisis. Please can you help us, we are desperate.The terrible fact is that ISIS are in the control now of Fallujah in the South and Mosul in the North they could now move down towards Baghdad between the two and cause a total crisis there. So to be honest I don’t know what to do, do I stay or go back? I have a huge amount of commitments here. If I go back, I cannot change the situation but I want to be with my people. 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