|erbil citadel - less than 50 mi from mosul|
iraq is a country of extreme persecution of christians, where proselytizing or leading a muslim away from islam can lead to the death penalty. in addition, ISIS and other radical islamic terrorist groups have caused the few remaining iraqi christians to flee the country. the country of iraq, one of the origins of the christian faith, is in desperate need of the gospel.
while we were in iraq, we were amazed by the work of the christian missionaries we met. so inspired by their willingness to risk it all in such a hostile place, simply so that one more person may come to faith and freedom in Jesus! we visited a local christian church, refugee camps full of both syrians and displaced iraqi's, local markets, and local soccer fields. we're extremely grateful to our friends the lawrence's for hosting us and showing us around. it was a life changing experience, and we are excited to help share about the hope of Jesus with the iraqi people in the future.
|local christian church in kurdistan|
|taken from the balcony of the home of one of the christian missionaries we visited.|