5-5-5 Challenge: Iraq

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]Sargon* and his wife Leja* once lived in Baghdad, where Sargon worked as a mechanic. Now, they live in northern Iraq in a small, sparsely furnished apartment.

While still in Baghdad, the fallout from a bomb claimed three of the lives of Sargon’s fellow mechanics. To this day, though he survived, Sargon carries shrapnel in his shoulder that cannot be removed and continues to cause him pain.

The effects of that day have also resulted in emotional shrapnel in Sargon’s heart, aggravated by increased terrorist attacks in the couple’s neighborhood in Baghdad.

One day Leja found a letter in their mailbox, “You had better get away quickly, or you may die.”

As other Christian in Baghdad had to do, the traumatized couple had to take the letter very seriously. They gathered as much of their possessions together as possible and took off that same night in their old car, heading for northern Iraq.

Sargon found work at a small local garage in their new city. He earned little; hardly enough to pay their rent. So after a while he and his wife began making serious plans to return to Baghdad, despite the dangers.

When Open Doors learned of their situation we provided the couple with a micro loan, which enabled Sargon to start up his own garage.

Although the small micro-loan helped Sargon and Leja make a new start, they still wrestle with serious issues: Tenants moved into their Baghdad home, with the help of the government, and the couple will not be able to get it back without costly legal assistance. There is no “happy ending” to Sargon and Leja’s story yet, and unfortunately their story is also the story of many Christian refugees in northern Iraq.

*) Not their real names to protect their identities

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Christians in Iraq are on the verge of extinction. Large numbers have fled abroad or to the (until recently) safer Kurdish region, where they face unemployment and inadequate schooling, medical care and housing. The church faces many challenges – members being killed or abducted, and a lack of capable leaders. In central and southern Iraq, traditional Christians suffer as much as Muslim-background believers, as a result of their visibility. In May 2012, 20 Christian families in Mosul received threats, and the house of another Christian was set on fire.

Pray:

  • For the many Christians displaced from their homes by threats of murder or abduction
  • Ask God to raise up godly, wise leaders to shepherd the church
  • For Open Doors trauma counsellors working with children and families affected by persecution.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Sargon* dan istrinya Leja* dulu tinggal di Baghdad, di mana Sargon bekerja sebagai seorang montir. Sekarang, mereka hidup di Irak utara, di sebuah apartemen kecil dengan perkakas seadanya.

Saat masih tinggal di Baghdad, sebuah bom menewaskan tiga kawan Sargon. Meskipun selamat, masih ada pecahan bom di bahunya yang tidak bisa dikeluarkan dan masih sering menyebabkan rasa sakit.

Dampak kejadian hari itu membekas di hati Sargon, bersamaan dengan seringnya serangan teroris di perkampungannya. Suatu hari Leja mendapati surat yang bertuliskan, “Sebaiknya kalian segera pergi, atau pilih mati.”

Seperti orang Kristen lainnya di Baghdad, mereka menganggap serius ancaman itu. Dengan membawa sedikit barang di suatu malam, mereka mengendari mobil menuju Irak utara.

Di tempat tinggal barunya, Sargon bekerja di sebuah bengkel kecil. Pendapatannya sangat kecil, bahkan tidak cukup untuk membayar uang sewa apartemen mereka. Maka, bersama istrinya, Sargon memutuskan untuk kembali ke Baghdad, meskipun tahu ada bahaya besar yang menanti.

Saat Open Doors mengetahui ini, kami mengusahakan sebuah kredit mikro, sehingga Sargon bisa membuka bengkelnya sendiri.

Meskipun bantuan ini bisa menolong Sargon dan Leja membuat awal yang baru, mereka masih berjuang untuk satu hal yang penting, pemerintah mengambil alih rumah mereka di Baghdad dan menyewakannya. Sargon dan Leja akan kesulitan mendapatkan properti mereka kembali, tanpa bantuan hukum. Sampai saat ini memang belum ada “happy ending” bagi Sargon dan Leja. Sayangnya, pengalaman Sargon dan Leja ini juga dialami para pengungsi Kristen di Irak utara.

*) Bukan nama sebenarnya, untuk melindungi identitas

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Kekristenan di Irak sedang berada di ambang kepunahan. Sejumlah besar orang Kristen mengungsi ke kawasan Kurdi yang lebih aman, di mana seringkali mereka menjadi pengangguran, tanpa pelayanan pendidikan, kesehatan, dan perumahan yang memadai. Gereja menghadapi banyak tantangan – banyak jemaat diculik dan dibunuh, serta kurangnya para pemimpin. Di Irak Tengah dan Selatan, gereja tradisional juga mengalami aniaya yang sama. Di bulan Mei 2012, 20 keluarga Kristen di Mosul menerima ancaman, dan beberapa rumah mereka dibakar.

Berdoa:

  • Untuk orang Kristen yang mengungsi karena ancaman pembuhuhan atau penculikan
  • Supaya TUHAN membangkitkan pemimpin-pemimpin untuk menggembalakan gereja
  • Untuk tim konseling Open Doors yang melayani keluarga dan anak-anak Kristen yang mengalami aniaya

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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