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.
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
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
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
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