When ISIS took over the major Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Christians were given three options: convert to Islam, pay a penalty to remain in the city, or be killed in accordance with Islamic Law. Seeing no other choice, thousands of families fled as the second largest city in Iraq was claimed for the Islamic State.
Since 1996, Leading The Way has been blanketing the Middle East—including Iraq—with the Gospel. Starting with our very first Arabic-English dual-language broadcasts, which continue to air in the region today, we also proclaim Christ on our 24/7 satellite TV channel, THE KINGDOM SAT, and provide personal follow-up for our viewers in the region. And now, as many of our brothers and sisters face persecution for their faith, we are directly meeting their needs through our Help The Persecuted ministry.
In the past year, as the situation in Iraq has worsened, we have seen an overwhelming response to the broadcasts and personal ministry we provide. In this current crisis, our Help The Persecuted coordinator, Admon—a former Muslim who came to Christ through our broadcasts and personal follow-up—is now helping others as our on-the-ground coordinator in Arbil, Iraq. He has taken over 70 displaced Christians into his home.
Through partnership with him and other local pastors in the area, we have been able to help hundreds of Christian refugee families who have fled the ISIS takeover, providing food, mattresses, blankets, baby formula, hygiene kits, and portable bathrooms. The cases are growing, and we are still responding.
I know you're asking, "What can I do?" Today, I ask you to partner with us in the following ways:
- Pray with us. Pray that doubting Muslims see the light of Christ. Pray for persecuted Christians and for those who seek to harm them.
- Give to Leading The Way's work in Iraq. To our brothers and sisters in crisis and to the millions in the region who do not yet know Christ, we are providing an immediate response—over the airwaves and on the ground. If you’d like to support our work in Iraq, please click the link below to give online, and specify IRAQ in the designation line along with your donation.
The time is right to reach Muslims who are disillusioned by the barbarism of ISIS. The time is right to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq. Will you partner with us as we reach them?
The needs are overwhelming, but we know the ultimate answer is Christ. Together, we can continue to shine His light in this region.
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way
P.S. For the most recent updates about our work in Iraq, you can visit www.LeadingTheWay.org/Iraq for new videos and resources.