This month in Northern Iraq, something very special is happening! Children’s Sunday school is being taught to the children of the Yazidi women in the English classes. These pictures are of Yazidi children in another area, but they were so excited to receive their Christmas packages and Bible lesson, that we thought we’d share their faces with you.
Would you please keep our team in your prayers as the children are being ministered to? These refugee families have been through so much, and it’s a joy to share Biblical truths with the women and the children.
Thank you for your special part in this with your prayers and financial gifts which empower this ministry to be effective and ongoing!
Christmas is in the air, and it’s the season of joy and giving. Your prayers and financial support given to these areas empower us to partner with nationals through the Holy Spirit’s guidance to reach nationals with the Gospel. We are seeing many coming to Christ as a result and finding healing, forgiveness and hope.
Here is where the $90,000 for the Year End Giving will go to help fund these great needs:
* Furnishings for the Grace Bible College library; India, $15,000
* Van for the Refugee Child Sponsorship Program; Iraq, $25,000
* Refugee Relief for kerosene, heaters, clothing, food; Iraq, $20,000
* Salaries for finance and front desk in the Colorado Springs office, $30,000
Please take a moment and give to this urgent need. Please designate your gift “To The Greatest Need.” You can go online and donate, or mail your check the office. We’re excited to be at almost 25% of this goal and praise God for this! I am trusting that the Lord will allow us to make such an impact that we will stand amazed at all He has done. Thank you for your partnership in serving the Lord, together with us
The celebration of Christmas in IM’s church plants is on January 7, and includes simple things such as a special time of praise and worship.
Then the Sunday school children’s program begins with songs they dance to, and then the children recite Bible verses. The children from seventh to tenth grades sing their own songs, and the high schoolers put on a play for everyone in the church to enjoy.
The pastor shares from the Word of God a special Christmas message.
One very special tradition that is observed, is the pastors and leaders take time after the service to pray with the people individually as they share their needs. Many have physical or financial needs and live in difficult circumstances. Sweets and tea are served afterwards.
The Church in Iraq has a long standing tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although Christians are currently a minority, until the 7th century, they were the majority religious group with many churches in the region. Nominal Christians, Catholics and evangelical Christians in Iraq now number approximately 600,000, most of whom are located in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.
In our church plant in the north, for several weeks the children work very hard rehearsing Christmas songs and a drama and then proudly present it in the Christmas service. There are beautiful decorations in the church, and special foods and sweets served after the service.
Church members visit refugee camps during the month handing out food packets and sharing the Christmas message to families. The youth go along singing carols. With so many families in crisis, what a special joy it is to share the Hope in Christ we have because of His birth!
Armenian Christians celebrate Christmas on January 6; Assyrians and Chaldean Christians celebrate on the 25th of December. Officially the evangelicals celebrate together on December 25. In Christmas celebrations, they welcome brothers and sisters from Muslim backgrounds into their fellowship to share in the festivities.
On the evening of December 31, they have a big celebration including worship, listening to the Word of God read and preached and enjoying dramas. They play Biblical competitions, and then they pray for the new year. In the last minutes before midnight, while handling the candles, they congratulate each other for the new year, and share a big cake as a family of Believers.
Relief Aid continues to be a vital arm of Indigenous Ministries’ work in Iraq. One of our teams recently gave out dozens of liters of kerosene to refugee families in the church to help them with the cold weather. They also regularly provide food packets, clothing, medical helps and heaters as needed.
Pictured is a refugee woman with health issues whom we have helped with food and clothing. The next picture is a refugee camp; and John and Dee handing out food packets.
Your generous donations will help refugee families hear the Gospel and receive aid. Donate online or mail in your check. Thank you so much.
This month marks a record for our child sponsorship program in Northern Iraq! We have 86 refugee children in our program in Northern Iraq with a goal of having 125 in the program by the end of the year. Of those 86 children, 47 are sponsored – we have 39 children who need sponsors.
Join us (each of us in the Indigenous Ministries home office sponsor at least one child) and take advantage of this opportunity to speak into the life of a precious child in a refugee camp! Have you ever thought of a practical way to stop terrorism? This is one! Let a child know you care; that you pray for him or her.
Your $39/month support helps with food, a school uniform, backpack and help with school progress. Your help also brings the children together once a month for Bible lessons, games and songs. They hear the Gospel! Start your sponsorship today online at IndigenousMinistries.org or call Sarah Rieger at our office at 719-302-3028. God bless you. Please do it today!