CHRISTIANS IN NORTH IRAQ TOLD TO 'CONVERT TO ISLAM, OR FACE DEATH'
UPDATE August 11th, 2014 Iraq Emergency Appeal
In July, BBC News and other mainstream news media reported widely how hundreds of Christians fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after Isis (the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) ordered them to turn to Islam or pay a protection tax in gold known in Islam as a Jizya. The ultimatum gave Christians a deadline to comply, or risk being killed.
One of the most senior Christian clerics in Iraq said militants had been seen tagging Christian houses with the letter 'N' for Nassarah, a term used for Christians in the Koran. Other religious minorities, in particular the Kurdish Yezidi people, have also been brutally targeted by Isis. During early August, people fled other towns in north Iraq into exposed rural and mountainous areas, causing a humanitarian emergency and action from the international community.
Isis, which also controls large parts of Syria, is seeking to establish a caliphate - an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader.
You can read the BBC and other reports via the links below. (Links open in new window. WorldShare is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
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Please pray urgently with us for the safety of Christians who fled or, by choice or otherwise, stayed to face this ultimatum. Pray that the light of Christ will overcome this present situation in a region where the Church has been present for centuries and still witnesses today.
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Persecution of Christians
Dazed, but still alive - Peshawar, Pakistan, September 2013. Tragically, many people died, and WorldShare/Partners International ministry contacts were injured in this suicide bombing of a church.
Please pray for Christians in Pakistan and other lands where their lives are in danger, and act as follows:-
1) Support our Freedom Gift to help persecuted Christians around the world.
2) Read 'About Persecution' and the Spectator article 'The War on Christians' (both in PDF).
3) For Pakistan, you can assist our new project to help free people from modern-day slavery.
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