Thanks to those who support the ministry of HeartCry, we were able to purchase 200 solar-powered audio Bibles to be carried into Iraq. These Bibles are being sent to a relief team of Americans and Middle Easterners, who are currently in northern Iraq conducting medical work, distributing food, blankets, and heaters, and sharing the Gospel through preaching and Bible distribution. Many refugees have already received Arabic New Testaments, but others are illiterate and in need of these audio Bibles.
In January of 2015 the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimated that there were at least 3.3 million internally displaced people in Iraq. But in the midst of such turmoil and suffering, we can still praise God for his wisdom and grace, for we know that He works all things together for the good of those who love him (and also those who will someday come to love him)!
Operation World estimates that there are only around 50,000 evangelical Christians in Iraq (less than 0.2% of the population). Obviously it is an extremely difficult place to reach these people who live in such a hostile environment. And until recently, many of them were totally inaccessible to the Gospel, but praise God that many of them are now within reach!
One Middle Eastern doctor said that she has been praying for open doors for the Gospel here for many years. Now, finally, her prayers are being answered. Many Muslims living in this area are scared, hurt, confused, and in need of help. What a privilege to be able to show with sacrificial love and service that we serve the One True and Living God!
- For the safety of the workers involved (an extremely dangerous environment)
- That the Bibles would make it through customs with no problems
- That the Bibles would reach people whom God has prepared to hear and believe
- For the Word to advance mightily and spread throughout the land
- For continued open doors for the Gospel in the Middle East
- For the conversion of evil men in power
- For more laborers in the Middle East
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3