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Bible Soc: Nineveh
As Advent begins, many of us will be thinking of ’the little town of Bethlehem’. Here’s another biblical location for your thoughts today: Nineveh. Once the destination for runaway prophet Jonah; Nineveh is today a destination for returning refugees.
People like Ihsan and Lara made the return journey to Iraq now that ISIS no longer have a hold on their town. Ihsan used to work as a blacksmith, until ISIS took over their city in the region of Nineveh in August 2014. They were forced to flee the home they’d spent six years building.
They returned to the ruins of their house earlier this year. Ihsan said: ‘We have to return because this is our life and home, our history... We bear witness to Jesus and his resurrection when we live here like our Christian ancestors. There are 2,000 years of history behind us, how can we deny that?’
Read their full story to discover the hope they found among the rubble – and the unlikely graffiti covering messages left by ISIS.
It’s been our pleasure to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ facing trials we can only imagine. Please pray for Ihsan and Lara, and many others like them. (If you want to find out more about supporting our work in the Middle East, take a peek at this.)
Blessings as you embark on Advent. Of course, there’s still time to join #AdventChallenge.
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‘I became a Christian when I was 16 and my friends told me to get a Bible, so I did. When I was at university I decided to read the Bible from start to finish. I did it in about 18 months. It was amazing. When I was 30 I was having my second child. She was due on Boxing Day but she came 18 days early. She was born in three hours. It was all amazing and wonderful. I was so thrilled. But the following morning the doctors came round and they listened to Eve’s heart...’ Read full story.
Posted on 3 Dec 2017
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