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Iraqi Christians request our prayers

1/6/2010 Iraq (Middle East Concern) – Iraqi Christians have requested our prayers following recent incidents in the town of Bartilla, near Mosul in northern Iraq. Bartilla is a predominantly Christian town.

On 25th December a Christmas service was disrupted by a group of militants.

They took control of the checkpoint controlling entry to the town and held

it for five hours. During this period some of the attackers marched into the

central square, tearing down Christmas decorations from store windows and

throwing a picture of St. Mary into the dirt. Some attempted to enter a

church, demanding that they be allowed to conduct Islamic rituals within the

building. The Church’s guards refused them entry and gunfire was exchanged,

leaving four Christian residents wounded, including a policeman.

A second incident occurred in the town on Tuesday 5th January when a car

bomb exploded. Nobody was killed, but five people required hospital

treatment for injuries. There was widespread damage to property.

Those supporting these Christians request our prayers that:

a. The wounded and traumatised will know the healing touch of Jesus

b. Church leaders will know the Spirit’s wisdom and enabling in aspects of

their ministry

c. The perpetrators will know the Spirit’s conviction concerning their

violent acts, and turn to new life in Jesus

d. The authorities will provide effective protection for Christian and

other minorities

[Middle East Concern]