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A group of unidentified attackers bombed the entrance of a Catholic church in Mosul, Iraq on November 1, destroying the doors and windows. According to a November 10 report from Compass Direct, the blast happened at the Dominican Clock Church while Dominican priests were holding evening prayers. The exterior iron doors were shattered and two sets of wood doors were flattened by the blast. There were no injuries.

Though no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, sources do not believe that the bombing was a random act saying. One source that could not be identified told Compass Direct, "You don't set off a blast that big unless you are planning something more."

Pray that the Christians in Mosul will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23). Ask that their persecution will embolden their faith (Acts 4:29 -31). Pray that the violence against their church will cease. Thank the Lord that no one was harmed during these attacks.

For more information on the challenges facing Iraq's Christians, click here.

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By working with credible ministry partners, VOMC is providing persecuted Christian women sewing skills training so they can receive a sustainable source of income and thus adequately support their families. In addition, these women are able to seize the opportunities presented to them through their new businesses by serving as effective witnesses for Christ.

Project Fund: Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
39,650,145 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab (75-80), Kurdish (15-20), Turkoman, Assyrian, and other (5)

Religion (%)
Islam (95-98), Christianity (1), other (1-4)

Leader
President Barham Salih (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system

Mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iraq

Pray for the protection of the remaining believers in Iraq during this time of upheaval and danger. May many churches and Christian relief organizations seize the opportunity to provide greatly needed assistance and ministry to the numerous suffering people of this war-torn nation. As God’s work of healing, provision and restoration takes place, pray that a stable democratic government will be established.

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