Herki in Iraq

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The Herki are a Kurdish people group located in the mountainous region of northern Iraq. The Herki also have large groups in Turkey and Iran. The Herki are largely a rural semi-nomadic community. They raise livestock and farm, and Herki shepherds will move place to place with their flocks.

Most Kurds are Muslims, and Islam plays a major role in all aspects of life and society. However, along with their Muslim beliefs remain older pagan beliefs, such as beliefs in spirits and demons as well as animal worship. The religious leaders called Mullahs are both Muslim spiritual leaders and local witch doctors.  

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

The Jonah Initiative is birthed out of this belief that the Muslim world is the modern day Nineveh. There are 1.5 billion Muslims who do not know Jesus, but there are few workers in the areas where these people. Jonah exists serves to train and prepare evangelist and church planters to reach the Muslim world.

Problem Solvers

Eurasia community has a prayer initiative called Pray4Nations, which is a prayer initiative that allows believers to focus prayer on specific nations. On the Pray4Nations websites is a page for Iraq called Pray4Iraq. The site encourages prayer and it has prayer alerts about ministry happening in Iraq.

Prayer is essential for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth.

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10, NIV).

Partnership // Move Beyond
  • Pray the Jonah Initiative compels believers to go from their comfort zone and share the gospel with those who have never heard it.
  • Pray for the Herki people, that as workers go to minister among them, God would open their hearts to the message.
  • Pray God would reveal himself to them in miraculous ways.

To get involved, see the Eurasia Pipeline. Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.

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