The conflict in the Middle East is an international tragedy. Millions of innocent people have been displaced and are now living as refugees. Many of these are Christians.
In Iraqi towns like Mosul, Islamic fighters have given Christians a choice: leave with only the clothes on their backs, convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax or be put to death. Where there were once 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, there are now somewhere between 500,000 and 200,000. In Syria, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded. Churches are being bombed and burned.
These are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We cannot sit idly by while they suffer such terrible persecution for following Jesus.
Distance is, of course, a problem, so our options are limited. But we have committed to do what we can. Besides ongoing prayer, we give ongoing financial support to the ministry of The Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East (FRRME).
FRRME is a small Anglican charity working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries, convinced that God has not forgotten the people of Iraq. They facilitate the unique and important work of Canon Andrew White, Vicar Emeritus of St Georges Church – exposed in the heart of Baghdad’s Red Zone.