Fire Ravishes Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad

BAGHDAD–A recent communication received from the Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad, Iraq, revealed that a major part of the church building was destroyed due to military action in the area.

On Sunday, September 28, 2008 when the Iraqi police confronted a group of terrorists near the Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad. Heavy weapons fire struck the church building and, as a result, the entire second floor was engulfed in flames. The church guard and neighbors tried to extinguish the fire but were not able as the fire spread rapidly. The firemen were delayed because the streets leading to the church were closed. When the firemen were finally able to reach the building, the fire had consumed three Sunday school classrooms, the management office, and most of the furniture including computers and other equipment. This was a great blow to the young church.

The Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad, Iraq was established during the war and it provided spiritual relief and hope for a striving Armenian community in Baghdad. Over 250 parishioners each Sunday come to church to worship God. The church also has an active Sunday school and youth group.

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) supports this young church subsidizing their rent. Any assistance to this church and community is transmitted through the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East.

We do share the sorrow of our Armenian Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq and pray to God for peace in an area which has been devastated by war and terror acts. We also appeal to our churches and concerned individuals to support this church with their prayers and gifts. The building needs to be renovated and refurbished so that our suffering people can continue to receive spiritual nourishment.

You can send your gifts to the AMAA earmarked for Iraq Church Reconstruction and mail it to 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ. For credit card donations, please visit our website (amaa.org) or contact (201) 265-2607.

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