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There have been Christians in Iraq since the time of Jesus. They are the only Christians on earth who still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Today they are imperiled. Since 2003, their numbers have decreased from 1.5 million to under 300,000. Their homes and churches have been destroyed. We must help them.

Our mission is to support, through friendship and material aid, the right of Christians and their communities in Iraq to survive and thrive.

Buck Blanchard with children

Fr. Chris and a mission team of 3 others are in Iraq, visiting St. George’s School of the Redeemer in Baghdad, water wells on the Nineveh plains, and those returning home post-ISIS to rebuild their businesses…and their lives. Watch the video about learning to live together in peace and in love. 

Visit Twitter (twitter.com/StandWIraqiXns) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/standwithiraqichristians/to see some the experiences from the SWIC missioners.


What We Do


[Image description: photo of a music class held in a hallway. There are brightly-colored metal lockers to the left, large windows to the right. The students stand at their chairs, placed in rows; they have their backs to the camera and are watching the three adults at the end of the hallway, leading the class. One of the adults has a keyboard in front of him.]Building Inclusive Educational Opportunities

SWIC has partnered with St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad to help them expand their kindergarten program into a full elementary school for students from age six (kindergarten) through twelve (sixth grade). The expanded school is scheduled to open in Fall 2018. Read more


[Image description: a man wearing a green baseball cap and a dark button-down shirt smiles at the camera on the left side of the image. Behind him are shelves with grocery store items, bottles and cans and other packages of food. On the right edge of the image, in the foreground, is a boy wearing a blue shirt, facing the man. The boy has money in his hand.]Helping Christians Go Home After Daesh

Some Christians in Erbil and other Kurdish cities want to stay, others want to return to their homes in Qaraqosh and Mosul as soon as they are safe. SWIC recently funded non-potable water wells where water was scarce. A small business redevelopment grant helped a previously destroyed grocery store to reopen. Collaborations with groups like Etuti Institute, help SWIC to determine where there is the most need. Our mission is to help rebuild and preserve Christian communities in their ancestral and historic homeland, for the benefit of Christians and the Iraqi neighbors around them. Read more


[Image description: a young boy stands behind a video camera on a tripod. The boy is looking at the view screen on the video camera and holding the handle on the tripod that moves the camera.]Video Stories

Images speak louder than words. Watch video stories both of recent events in Iraq, and also stories of hope. Fr. Chris Bishop is not only a priest, but formerly was a professional video producer. His videos capture the faces of our Iraqi Christian partners as they begin rebuild their lives after years of devastating persecution due to Daesh. See video stories


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