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Bombings in Iraq keep Christians in fear

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“I’m going to Turkey to bring Christmas gifts and help to the Christian refugees that have left Iraq . The challenge is huge, but it’s better to do a little than to do nothing. So that’s why I’m going there to comfort them, to share the Gospel about the birth of Jesus Christ and bring them some food and toys for the children.”

13 December, 2007 Iraq (MNN) ― At least 27 people died and about 100 were wounded Wednesday when three car bombs ripped through a southern Iraqi city where rival Shiite groups have been battling for control of oil and power. These ongoing skirmishes have forced thousands of Christians from their homes.

A Baghdad-based believer says about 90 percent of Iraqi Christians have either fled Iraq or have been killed after being targeted for assassination by Islamic extremists. By some estimates, there were once more than 1 million Christians in Iraq . Many of them are now living in Turkey .

Johan Candelin is with the World Evangelical Alliance and serves at the Executive Director of their Religious Liberty Commission. Candelin says these refugees in Turkey have become his mission. “I’m going to Turkey to bring Christmas gifts and help to the Christian refugees that have left Iraq . The challenge is huge, but it’s better to do a little than to do nothing. So that’s why I’m going there to comfort them, to share the Gospel about the birth of Jesus Christ and bring them some food and toys for the children.”

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