Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs.
According to a local news source, a spokesman from the KRG was quoted as saying, “The opening of this church itself is laying another foundation stone for a peaceful coexistence of ethnic and religious groups in the Kurdistan region.”
The Kurdistan region of northern Iraq was a hotbed of ISIS activity and violence in recent years. Church buildings were burned, women and children were kidnapped, and many were murdered because of their faith.
Christians are beginning to return to their homes in northern Iraq now that ISIS has been driven out. The construction of this church gives hope to many Christians returning home that a new day is dawning for Christians in Iraq.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Kurdistan 24
- Praise God for this new development. Ask that the church may be a light to the community as its members reach out to those in need and to those who are seeking.
- Pray for those who are returning home after years of displacement. Pray that families will be reunited, homes and communities will be re-built and people will be provided with stability.
- Pray for the authorities as they help to support the establishment of communities, ask the Lord to grant them wisdom and much needed provision.
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