Missionaries in the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh report that butchers from The Islamic State are going from house to house demanding that Christian children renounce Jesus. If the dont, they are killed.
Yesterday staff at the Watertown Evangelical Free Church in Watertown, Minnesota reported that they had received an email from Christian missionaries in Qaraqosh sometimes referred to as Iraqs Christian capital that the town has been taken over by the barbarians of the Islamic State (IS also referred to as ISIS).
Qaraqosh is located approximately 30 kilometers south of the northern city of Mosul and used to have a Christian population of 50,000.
IS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. According to the missionaries, not one child has done so and all have been killed. But not the parents.
The missionaries also report that the UN has withdrawn and they are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, and say that they have no idea how to even begin ministering to the families who have had seen their children murdered. Like the children they are prepared to accept martyrdom if they are called to do so.
In a subsequent text message Sean Malone who leads the Christian aid organization Crisis Relief International (CRI) writes:
We lost the city of Qaraqosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga [Kurdish forces] and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!
The Watertown Evangelical Free Church asks Christians to pray for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of IS and its extreme Islamic goals or mass conversion or death for Christians across the region.