Frontiers published an encouraging update on the situation in Fallujah, Iraq, the town under ISIS control that was reclaimed by Iraqi troops last Summer. Thousands of people from Fallujah had fled to a nearby refugee town dubbed the City of Refuge.
Frontiers USA tells us that in the last 18 months, through the work of indigenous missionaries, over 140 people in the City of Refuge have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. As Iraqi forces work to secure Fallujah (the city still suffers from ISIS suicide bombs) and resume public sanitation, Frontiers’ President Bob Blincoe says some of these new Christians want to go back to their homes and share the hope they’ve found through Christ. “They have a mission and have been baptized, which is a real step of faith in the Muslim world.”
What is it about the Gospel message that strikes such a chord with Muslim refugees? Blincoe says: “More than any other answer, they refer to Jesus’ words, ‘Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden. Learn of me, I will give you rest for your souls, for I am meek and humble.’ This way of the Lord, this unexpected hope for miserable people, for desperate people, is the number one reason.” The possibility for a growing and flourishing Church in Fallujah and the City of Refuge is having a domino effect. What started as a handful of local missionaries sharing Christ with their neighbours, now has those new believers turning and doing the same with their family and friends.
Looking ahead, Blincoe believes the Church in Iraq is poised for something big. “The harvest is so ready, and individuals and families are hungry for a deep and satisfying spiritual hope that can be found only through God’s Holy Spirit and His Word. We have a sense that we are on the front lines of the free world. That everything depends on winning the people that have been displaced by ISIS, them going back to their homes, and winning those parts of Iraq where no missionaries can set foot.”
Source: Frontiers USA
Bible Study: Matthew 11:28-30
AUGUST: PRAY DEEPER for the beleaguered people of Iraq and for an end to years of conflict. Pray that Christian communities may return to their homes strengthened in their faith. Pray that their Muslim neighbours may see the love of Chris through them.