Franklin Graham Meets with Iraqi Believers as Homes Are Restored

November 15, 2018 • Iraq

Christian families are encouraged by the help they're receiving as they return home to areas once terrorized by ISIS.

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Franklin Graham recently traveled to the historic Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, where he saw progress on Project Nehemiah, the Samaritan’s Purse initiative to rebuild the homes of persecuted believers. During this early November trip, he met with residents who, after years of displacement, have finally been able to return home thanks in part to our efforts to restore what ISIS had destroyed. To date, Samaritan’s Purse has helped repair or rebuild more than 780 homes between four towns in the area.

Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham meets with Christians in Iraq where we are rebuilding homes destroyed by ISIS.

Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham meets with Christians in Iraq where we are rebuilding homes destroyed by ISIS.

In 2014, ISIS invaded the Nineveh Plains of Iraq, intending to eliminate any opposition to their self-proclaimed caliphate. Their convert-or-die threats forced Christian believers to flee for their lives. By the time the terrorists were forced out in 2017, once thriving cities were in ruins and explosive booby traps lay behind to harm whoever tried to return.

In the summer of 2017, Samaritan’s Purse began repairing broken and burned walls, windows, doors, and gates to allow displaced Christians to come home. By September 2017, working through local contractors and supporting the newly emerging local economy, we had welcomed ten families back to newly restored houses.

By the end of 2018, Samaritan’s Purse intends to have completed 900 total homes through Project Nehemiah, which is named after the Biblical figure responsible for repairing the walls of Jerusalem during the reign of Persia’s King Artaxerxes. Each restored home brings not only much-needed encouragement to a persecuted family, but also helps restore vitality to the Christian community on the Nineveh Plains.


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Northern Iraq Projects Samaritan's Purse continues to help meet the long-term physical and spiritual needs of those displaced by ISIS. Among our projects, we are offering a variety of livelihoods programs to assist the Yazidi people, and we have set up child-friendly spaces for boys and girls to learn and grow while staying in camps as well. We are also facilitating the return of Christian families to their homes and churches in the Plains of Nineveh. They need our help to repair damage, replace doors, windows, and fixtures, and paint over ISIS graffiti as they reclaim their towns in the Name of Jesus.

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