Christians flee Iraq’s Mosul after Islamists tell them: convert, pay or die. Iraqi Christians leave city en masse after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a ‘protection tax’
Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.
Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities, but their numbers have plummeted as attacks against them mounted after the US-led invasion in 2003, which unleashed a wave of sectarian violence.
“Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Here is a letter from our Praise Chapel Pastor in Kurdistan.
I need to share this with you about the church and I need you to share this with We really need a building for the church. The building will brings people from every kind of people.
The people is different than in America 100%. Here they need to see a building.
So please brother, we want to focus on this. The Christians and the Muslims are starting to seek for real God.
What happened in Mosul, open the eyes of the people to see the reality of the Islam.
And the Church of the Catholic Church is very scared because they don’t have anything spiritual to give. So if we want to see the Praise Chapel Church in Kurdistan established we need now to work on it, especially we need a building. I know it is very difficult to share about money. But the time now for a building.
Pastor Kurdistan of Iraq
This is a horrible time for Christians in Iraq, but this posses an unbelievable opportunity in Kurdistan for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These (religious) Christians need help and they need a place to worship. This is the opportunity to help them.