Iraq 2008 - Dohuk & Zakho Among The Kurds

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"And one night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, Have no fear, but speak and do not keep silent; For I am with you, and no man shall assault you to harm you, for I have many people in this city." - Act 18:9,10 Amplified

This tremendous faith adventure was surrounded with much prayer, thank you all who prayed. P. Marian said there was much fruit on this trip. It's very open; here's a little article on the history of Christianity among the Kurds:

"Christianity began to become a main religion in the central part of Kurdish regions from the fifth century onwards. Mar Saba succeeded in converting some sun-worshipping Kurds to Christianity in the fifth century.[2].[3]

In recent years many Kurds from Muslim background have converted to Christianity.[11] After the First Gulf War in 1991, Christian agencies offered help to Kurdish refugees, who were amazed that the assistance came from Christians.[12].

In Turkey, Christianity has attracted a number of converts both among Kurds and Turks in the past decade. In Iraqi Kurdistan, several evangelical fellowships have been formed. While in some cases they have faced intolerance by extremist Muslims, their activities are largely tolerated by the Regional Government of Kurdistan (KRG) out of a desire to remain democratic. Since 2001, Servant Group International has established three English-language Christian schools titled Classical School of the Medes in Iraqi Kurdistan. By 2005three campuses in Sulaimaniya, Irbil and Dohuk with a total enrolment of 700 students, were operational.[15] These schools are viewed, by some, as a vehicle to help create fertile ground for conversion in the hearts of students.[16] Kurdistan Regional Government has recently awarded legal status and an official permit to theBible Society to open a branch in the region.[17]"


Let's continue to pray...



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MORE MUSLIMS THAN CATHOLICS

Some information for us to pray about...

"Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday," according to a report by Reuters. "Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 percent. 'For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us,' Formenti told [a] Vatican newspaper....He said that if all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 percent of the world's population -- or about 2 billion people. The Vatican recently put the number of Catholics in the world at 1.13 billion people. It did not provide a figure for Muslims, generally estimated at around 1.3 billion. Formenti said that while the number of Catholics as a proportion of the world's population was fairly stable, the percentage of Muslims was growing because of higher birth rates."


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