Daily Archives: August 29, 2014

(NPR) Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

The northern Iraqi village of ”” and some jitters ”” when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian villagers had opened their schools and homes to Iraqis fleeing the takeover of nearby Mosul by Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State.

But these days, most of Al-Qosh is as silent as the overlooking the village from a hill. A few Kurdish security men guard the entrance to the village, primarily concerned with keeping potential looters away from the tidy stone and cement homes.

The villagers fled en masse in early August, when Islamist fighters made a move in Al-Qosh’s direction. Now, as Kurdish forces begin to retake territory around Mosul, including the strategic Mosul dam, some families have begun to trickle back to Al-Qosh. Most stay only during daylight hours, however, afraid to stay overnight with Islamic State forces a mere 20 miles away.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Iraq, Middle East, Religion & Culture, Violence

Good and Simple Encouragement from Rick Warren–Are we willing to pay the price?

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Religion News & Commentary, Evangelicals, Other Churches, Spirituality/Prayer