“One day a Shi’a Muslim was shot right in front of me. The terrorists told me: ‘If you do not convert to Islam, we will shoot you as well’. That is when I converted to Islam. From that time on, we concealed that we were Christians.”

 

Jandark Nassi and her son, Ismail, were captured in August 2014 when ISIS invaded Bartella, one of the Christian villages in the Nineveh Plains. The widow and her son were beaten and tortured for not knowing Qur’anic passages.

Ismail, age 14, witnessed the children of ISIS fighters executing dissidents. He saw the jihadists mock and stone a woman to death in front of her family. He was beaten when the terrorists found his cross necklace, and sent to an Islamic correctional camp to be indoctrinated. Although he is embarrassed to admit it, he pretended to convert to Islam to stay alive.

Ismail and Jandark Behnam Mansour © ACN/Jaco Klamer

In a subsequent battle between ISIS and Iraqi military forces, Jandark and Ismail were able to escape, and like thousands of other Iraqi Christians, they live as refugees.

“More than fifty percent of their neighbors were Muslims and when ISIS came to our villages they said to these people, ‘If you want to take anything (from the home of your Christian neighbor) you can take it,’ and they took everything. This is another difficulty: how can someone go to live with his neighbor when he knows he was the first to take everything from his house? It’s not easy.” – Quote from Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, 49, escaped from ISIS-controlled Iraq in 2014 to Australia.

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May He send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!’ — Psalm 20:1-2

Pray —

A woman stands next to an Iraqi soldier during Christmas mass on December 24, 2016 in Bartella, Iraq. This predominantly Christian town was taken back from ISIS control before Christmas last year. (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

2/15 — Pray that Iraqi Christians, many of whom have suffered heinously at the hands of ISIS, will saturate their minds with the sure promises of the living Word of God to fill them with hope in these desperate times.

2/16 — Pray for Iraqi Christians to rely on Christ alone for only He is able to understand, heal, and redeem the years of horror they have endured.

2/17 — Often Christians in Iraq and other places of broken church fellowship have little or weak Bible teaching. Pray for their roots of faith to be deepened through strong instruction in the Word of Truth.

2/18 — Pray for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christian refugees to find safe haven and security through the open arms of the worldwide Body of Christ.

2/19 — Pray for God to heal the minds and bodies and renew the souls of young Iraqi Christians who have suffered and witnessed unimaginable savagery.

2/20 — Pray for the Christian remnant to remain strong and to persevere with God’s shield of faith to protect them from the intense Islamic persecution in Iraq.

2/21 — Pray for God’s all-sufficient, soul-satisfying comfort for the heartbroken loved ones of those who did not deny Christ even when faced with death for “the world was not worthy of them.” (Hebrews 11:38)

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