The destabilization of Syria allowed for the rise of ISIS, the most extreme Islamic group in existence. ISIS has besieged cities throughout Syria and Iraq, claiming a new country for themselves called the Islamic State. Their “nation” is the size of Great Britain and covers territory in both countries. The implementation of their extreme form of Islam has resulted in mass killings of minorities, modern slavery, rape, child soldiers, and public beheadings. Their barbaric actions have caused fear to spread throughout the region and displaced more than a million people inside of Iraq.
Nearly a million refugees from Syria and Iraq have fled into Kurdistan seeking safe haven from an evil dictator and Islamic extremists. Thousands of families are in need of immediate help.
“We will protect Christians and any Muslim that chooses another faith.”
– Minister of the Interior, Karim Sinjari
This promise is why we believe Kurdistan is a strategic location for the church to invest in the Middle East. Freedom of religion is written in the constitution of Kurdistan. Current government officials have expressed their desire to see religious freedom become a reality in their semi-autonomous region of Iraq, presenting a historic opportunity for the Body of Christ to rally together and minister the Gospel in the Middle East.