Missionaries With Home Field Advantage
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— David and Leota S., CA
The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.
— Charles and Susana C., KY
God bless you all as we work together for getting the message of salvation out to the ends of the earth.
— Evelyn K., CO
I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.
— DonnElise K.
Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.
— Janet H., MT
Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.
— Sonja K., ME
Praying for each of you every day!
— Kenneth S., FL
My early elementary Sunday School class had the privilege of receiving Prayerline for Kids as a gift from Janet Hardy (donor). In the “Change for Making a Change” program, the children, on their own, all five children have collected $10 in pennies and chosen to support the Thanksgiving Dinner in Peru! God bless you.
— Sandy L., VT
I pray for a very blessed, peaceful Happy Thanksgiving to all my Christian Aid “family.” I thank you for all your prayerful concern for me and my family. God has been supplying all I have needed. He is truly faithful and I am so blessed. May God bless you all abundantly.
— Edith G., CA
Thank you so much for your website and facebook site. They minister to me in such a great way. They help keep keep us informed on Christians worldwide.
— Von Morgan, MN
Top 5 People Groups
Iraqi Arab: 16,337,000
North Iraqi Arab: 7,113,000
Kurmanji Kurd: 2,875,000
Azeri Turk: 1,992,000
Najdi Bedouin: 1,437,000
Iraq is made up of fertile plains enriched by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and is the site of the ancient Babylonian Empire. It is home to 35 People Groups, 25 of whom remain unreached according to the Joshua Project. The Iraqi Arabs are the largest People Group in Iraq and are descendents of the Levant Arabs who spread out from the Arabian Desert into the rest of the Middle East. They have retained their tribal affiliations and live in fortified villages. Iraqi Arabs are split between Shi'ia and Sunni Islam and there is great tension between the two groups. The third largest People Group is the Kurmanji Kurds who are part of the Kurd People Cluster. The Kurds are thought to be descended from the ancient Medes and are the largest ethnic group to lack their own state. The Kurds are nominally Muslims but many still respect their ancestral Zoroastrian faith. Tragically Kurds are persecuted in every Middle Eastern country they call home.
Christian Aid supports indigenous missionaries in Iraq whose strategy is to frequently seek to establish one on one relationships with people, because before anyone can talk about the gospel, trust has to be established. Even those who are already interested in learning about Jesus might be reluctant to reveal this to an "outsider."
Recent Prayerline Posts
IRAQ. Shinar Mission is reaching out to Syrian refugees in northern Iraq. The ministry leader writes, “We have great needs and are facing acute shortages in everything. The refugees and their children are sleeping in the cold weather without heaters or even blankets. They need food, medicine, health care and Bibles. They desperately need the gospel.” ...
IRAQ. Even though many Christians have left Iraq, indigenous missionaries there are finding that the fields are ripe. These bold missionaries preach in the power of the Spirit, and bring forth a mighty harvest. Pray for them as they share the gospel, give out food packets ($55/family/month), and distribute gospel tracts and New Testaments ($4 each). Pray that a house church will ...
Indigenous Missions Projects in Iraq
Posted Oct 08, 2012 - Iraq
Due to the Iraq war, several years ago many Iraqis left everything behind and fled to Syria. Now with the upheaval and violence in Syria, they have been forced to leave everything behind in Syria and go back to Iraq. In addition to these Iraqis, many Syrians have also fled to Iraq. Read more.
Posted April 23, 2012 - Iraq
The purpose of Shinar Mission (SM) is to reach Muslims in Iraq and other Muslim countries with the Gospel. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Read more.
October 11, 2012 - "God's blessings have overwhelmed us through the warm welcome we have received from the families and tribes. One of the tribes honored us by slaughtering a sheep. We took the opportunity to share the gospel and explain from Isaiah 53 how Jesus made the sacrifice for us."
September 21, 2011 - An Indigenous Ministry that works in Iraq reports that Christians are persecuted and sometimes killed. Christians are no longer protected. Many have left Iraq. Future governments will not give Christians freedom. On the other hand, there is some good news. Read more.
A skilled craftsman uses an array of valuable tools to create a thing of beauty. The results would be less satisfying if his toolbox contained only a file or hammer. Native missionaries have learned to extend the gospel of Christ through a host of tools that meet needs and communicate the Bible’s message meaningfully. In the Middle East, where restrictions can be a challenge, resourceful mission groups use their God-given ingenuity to fulfill the Great Commission. Read more.
As one of his last acts before his defeat in 2003, Saddam Hussein released thousands of notorious criminals from prisons throughout Iraq. Entire communities continue to live in fear. Democracy is the goal, but anarchy is the current reality. Read more.