MIDDLE EAST: Parents of Convert Shoot Relative

03 April 2024

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

In Iraq, Christian converts from Islam are abused and rejected by their families. In addition, they may be killed or persecuted by clan or tribe members, government authorities or extremist groups.

“Please pray that my parents will calm down and surrender to the Lord,” requested Amir, an Iraqi convert to Christianity. He recently learned that his enraged parents had shot his brother-in-law in the leg in retaliation for Amir and his family converting to Christianity and fleeing the country.

Other members of Amir’s family have had to flee for their lives after converting from Islam. Despite the pressure and danger, Amir prays that more family and friends will come to know Christ as their Saviour.

He also hopes that someday churches will be allowed to exist openly in every part of Iraq, including in Karbala, a city considered sacred in Shia Islam. “I hope someday we can go back and worship the Lord freely there,” he said.

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    Pray for the victim of the shooting; that he would make a full recovery and will experience the ministering presence of the Lord.

    Pray for the growth of house churches and for Bible distributions in Iraq. Pray for converts from Islam who face persecution from loved ones: ask for protection and strength.

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