- physical safety of FM church planters and those who gather in house churches in the area ripe for terrorism and political unrest
- the gospel’s success in an area of religious pluralism that includes people of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Yazidi and majority religious backgrounds
- multiplication of leaders to reach thousands of towns and villages in northern Iraq (Kurdistan) without a gospel witness
The church in Iraq ministers to more than 30,000 refugees, consisting of various people groups and ethnic identities. The church has recently re-entered southern Iraq and has established house churches in a major city. However, most of the ministry in Iraq is centered in the north, in the Kurdistan area.
The first Free Methodist Church in Iraq was started in 2003. The intense conflict and persecution of Christians that ensued forced most Free Methodists to flee the capital city for the relative safety of northern Iraq (Kurdistan). Many of those displaced began to meet in house fellowships, and in 2007 the first government-sanctioned Free Methodist church was established. As the political and religious unrest escalated, the FM church there was closed in 2013.
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In Iraq, Haris* had heard about Christians. He had heard they are good people. Haris, his wife and his son learned this firsthand when they found refuge in our country more than three years ago after fleeing their homeland. Haris and his family are of Sabean background and did not know about Christ.
I am Kibar. I was born in Syria to a religious, fundamental Muslim family. My father and mother prayed often and taught my three sisters and me to pray as well. Despite this religious atmosphere, I did not feel my prayers helped me come closer to God. Eventually, I met some neighbor girls my age and became friends with them. They were Christians. I asked them about their religion and even went to church with them several times. They started sharing with me Christian teachings from the Bible. My father found out about my relationship with these neighbors and about my going to the church. He hit me and demanded I have no more contact with these Christian girls. I did not give up and continued to see them, despite his threats.
- Established FM Church Buildings: 4
- FM House-Church Planting Projects: 70+
- FM Work Opened: 2003
- Church Planters: 30
- Church Planting Coaches: Aseel, Deler, Hany, Joanne, Simar and Weam
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Church Planting & Development
Support for Iraq Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help resource the following strategic initiatives:
- Pastors’ salary supplements
- Church planting
- Ministry training
- Ministry to refugees