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I received this email from International Christian Concern last week.  Click here for more of the story on ICC’s website, here for ICC’s page on Iraq, and here for the full story from AsiaNews (I encourage you to look at the other stories featured at the bottom of that page).  Please pray for Christ’s followers in Iraq–that God would give them strength and a greater faith in him–and that their persecutors would come to know the grace and salvation he offers. 

10/23/08 Iraq (AsiaNews) More Violence in Mosul: Father and Son Killed Because They Were Christian- The murder of Christians has continued in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Yesterday in Mosul, in the Sanaa neighborhood, a father and son were killed: no further details are available at this time on the method of the attack or the identity of the two victims, but their death is being viewed in connection with the violence in recent weeks that has emptied half of the Christian population of Mosul.

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Compass Direct News reports that violence against Christians continues to escalate in Mosul, Iraq. “Families are still fleeing as threats, bombings and deaths persist in Mosul” stated Father Warda. At least 1,700 families have recently fled Mosul leaving homes and businesses. An estimated 15 Christians have been killed in the past 2 ½ weeks, including a 15 year old boy and an aged man in a wheel chair. Many of the Christians fleeing Mosul must leave with only the clothing on their backs, and many are unable to afford to pay for food and shelter for their families.  Church leaders in Mosul recently asked  Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki to send the army to Mosul to assist the approximately 1000 extra policemen who were dispatched last week to provide security for the Christians in the city. 
Pray that the families who have left everything behind every to escape  persecution will find shelter, food, and security.
Pray for divine protection over the Christians who cannot flee and remain in Mosul. 
Pray that the Iraqi government will  provide security for the Christians and other minorities in Mosul and other areas of Iraq, and those responsible for these crimes will be brought to justice.

International Christian Concern releases a yearly report on the ten countries most guilty of persecuting Christians.  Please read it, pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for those persecuting them. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 43-45, ESV)

There were only a handful of Muslim converts to Christianity back in 1979 when Saddam Hussein took full control of Iraq. Yet today, there are more than 70,000 Iraqi Muslim background believers in Jesus, approximately 50,000 who came to Christ as refugees in Jordan after the first Gulf War in 1990-91, and another 20,000 who have come to Christ since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

article taken from: http://www.asiaharvest.org/

These prayer requests are from Partners International; besides this, PI also offers a really cool prayer calendar in PDF format, with different prayer request and different regions each day.  To access the prayer calendar and more prayer requests, visit http://www.partnersintl.org/getinvolved/prayer.php

“Pray for peace to rule in Iraq and for their new government to be able to control terrorist forces and pull the entire nation together. Pray too for protection of the Body of Christ and the churches in which they worship.

Evangelical Church of Iraq
* Praise God for our primary schools (School of the Medes) that are based on Christian principles and are having a positive outreach into Muslim homes. Pray for God’s protection on these schools, the teachers, and the children.

* As we work with our Iraqi partners to reach Iraq for Christ, pray for hearts to be opened to the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Pray that in this time of turmoil and uncertainty, many Iraqis will want to know more about Jesus Christ and the Gospel.”