Month: November 2017

A statue of Virgin Mary is placed in a street in Bartella, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Iraqi forces captured Bartella, around 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Middle East and North Africa

Iraqi Christians face new threat from Iran-backed militias

Iranian-backed Shia militia are opening Muslim schools in churches in formerly Christian towns in northern Iraq, in a systematic attempt to “change the Christian demography” of the region. Before the arrival of Islamic State in 2014, the majority of Bartella’s 40,000 residents were Christian. Amir Yaku, a Christian from the town […]

John 4:27-42           Harvest

John 4:27-42           Harvest

This is near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  Later on, perhaps, the disciples would be more accustomed to Jesus’ mixing with all sorts of unexpected people!  Even now, however, something about Jesus stopped them asking him why he should choose to speak to this person: a woman and a Samaritan!  Jesus […]