A Report on the Iraqi Church from The Ground

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  1. Em says:

    i’ve been vamping here hoping someone else would be first… over the years i have prayed for the Church area by area, world-wide, coming to the Persian and Arab nations i told the Lord to forgive me as my heart wasn’t in my petition… i can’t tell you how ashamed i felt as reports began to trickle in on the effect that the late Egyptian Coptic leader’s preaching was having in those lands and then came sketchy miraculous reports of the Lord’s appearance to some of those in the muslim strongholds… this report today? i don’t pray enough and i don’t pray hard enough – God help us all

  2. His Kid says:

    Covered,
    Please check out Faith Comes By Hearing, especially this link about Satellite TV in the Middle East. There are multiple ways to make sure that our believing brothers and sisters have access to the Word in their own heart language. It is one way to help those who have no Pastor.
    https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/news/press-release/iran-azerbaijan-receiving-audio-bible-channels-via-satellite-tv-powered-by

    Praying along with you…

  3. Col46 says:

    Outstanding article, because it’s REAL!

    Rather than arguing over the timing of the rapture, or about how much a pastor really should earn, or faith vs. works, or…

    May this article cause us to spend more time on our knees interceeding for our brothers and sisters, because we can!

  4. Francisco Nunez says:

    Amen to what Col46 said. May many in this hostile region come to know Christ.

  5. covered says:

    Em, now we know and God has placed this in front of us so we can all pray. You are faithful and He is well pleased with you.

  6. covered says:

    His Kid, Faith Comes by Hearing is doing a great work. We also distributed 2,000 Bible sticks with the entire Bible in Arabic for the pastor’s we met with to pass out.

  7. covered says:

    Col46, thanks for the encouraging word. One of the things that I love about this blog is that most here are here to learn and have great intentions.

  8. Paige says:

    I have to admit, as a former pastor’s wife who sacrificed her family on the ‘alter of ministry”, my heart and thoughts went immediately to the pastor’s wife who wants to leave a high risk area out of fear for her own and her children’s lives. There is nothing wrong with that. …. and again, the pastor is put in the position of having to choose between ‘ministry’ and ‘saving souls’ and his own immediate family..The family is devalued compared to the ‘lost souls”… This really reaches a sore spot in my own heart and soul….. I will always be an advocate for The First Church of Pastor xyz…. IMO, the most important congregation is the wife and kids….IMO…

    While I agree that the people of the middle East need to hear the Gospel, the human voice isn’t the only avenue to reach souls (as this article mentioned dreams and visions).. God is able. He is not limited in the sense we make Him out to be.

  9. surfer51 says:

    http://shekinahfellowship.blogspot.com/2010/08/say-something-nice.html

    I worked for some Christian Muslims a few years back and they excitedly showed me some Muslims on the net who had seen Jesus Christ.

    Don’t recall the website they were showing me but here are a few related links I found…

    Jesus appearing to Muslims…
    http://fi.cross.tv/60208

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/rising-number-of-muslims-reporting-dreams-about-jesus/

  10. Em says:

    covered, amen and your words are kind, but i don’t think that our Lord is well pleased with me… i know how much of my retirement time i spend on temporal and trivial stuff…

  11. Em says:

    surfer, i am listening to a portion of the crosstv link as i type – finding it very, very touching, but will have to hear it all the way thru later… thanks for the chance to hear this young man

  12. covered says:

    Surfer51, the reports of conversion via the Jesus vision has been reported as something that happens even more frequently in Iran. We don’t have any way of verifying but the reports are encouraging.

  13. “…conversion via the Jesus vision…”

    “All who The Father gives Me I will never turn away…”
    …sounds very very familiar.

    He never sleeps or slumbers.

  14. I first heard about Jesus appearing to people in Iran about five years ago from an Egyptian couple.

    They were on a website that looked to be in Farsi. There were a lot of videos of people giving testimonies of Jesus Christ appearing to them personally.

    As was mentioned above, it is very dangerous for Christians in certain gps coordinates.

    Jesus has appeared in these places.

    Of course John Mcarthur who doesn’t believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit for today is skeptical about all of the testimonies of people seeing Jesus and having dreams.

    If you listen to some of the people you realize they risk their lives by proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord.

    Why would they lie and deceive at such risk?

    John is a wonderful teacher of the Word. But he needs the baptism of the Holy Spirit imo.

  15. SJ says:

    Muslims most be very difficult to reach with the true WORD via man. I am hearing often of many Muslims that have come to Jesus through dreams. If I remember correctly Pastor Saeed or another similar came to Jesus by way of a dream/vision.

  16. covered says:

    davidsurfer51, I agree, why would anyone especially a Muslim admit that they had a “Jesus” dream if they didn’t. In most cases, a converted Muslim will be persecuted by his family and friends. Not only will he face persecution from his family but he will also find it difficult to be welcome at most Christian churches in the Middle East.

    We met a former sniper tied into ISIS and is now thriving in his new Christian church after a “Jesus” dream conversion but this is a very rare occurrence.

  17. Eric says:

    Thanks for sharing this.
    Lots of Iranians coming to Christ in Australia too.
    I know a few Egyptian Christians and they (and their families still there) are feeling these difficult times.

  18. Alex says:

    Sobering story. There are a lot of things going on in the world that Americans are insulated from. One is the fact that we may not be at war with Islam…but Islam is at war with us (and fellow Christians).

  19. covered says:

    Great observation Alex. Islam hates Christians first and Americans are a close second.

  20. Linnea says:

    As ISIS has developed a powerful online presence, so the the church must do the same. ISIS recruits young men and women in the west because they don’t feel a purpose in their lives–they understand the psychology of this generation. We need to understand the Iraqi psyche and target online Christian communications to that group. In this way, many Christians are saved martyrdom, but the message of Jesus Christ penetrates.

  21. London says:

    Covered,
    Thanks for sharing this.

  22. covered says:

    Welcome London

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