Kurds converting to Christianity, doing away with Sharia

God is doing a great work all over the world and we are privileged to be part of what He is doing.  I was excited to hear this news about His work among the Kurdish people since we have several that attend our church.  I hope that you will be blessed by this article and get a burden to reach those that live close to our church and also pray that God will do more to get the gospel to the 40,000,000 that live around the world.  Pray for the Kurdish people.  Ask God to send forth laborers to them.

The following article is from the Washington Times

Retired Iraqi Gen. Georges Sada, a former fighter pilot-turned-Christian evangelist, says Kurds are converting to Christianity “by the hundreds” in northern Iraq.

Gen. Sada earlier reported that he had been told that Iraqi pilots, flying private planes, took weapons of mass destruction to undisclosed locations in Syria in 2002. 

The “good news” from Iraq’s turbulent religious scene, consisting mainly of Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim militias battling each other, is from the Kurds, he said. Kurds are creating a constitution that does away with Shariah, or Islamic law, a move counter to trends in other Muslim countries such as Afghanistan and Iran, where leaving Islam is a capital offense and Christian converts are often killed. 

“No Christians in the Kurdish territory are persecuted,” he said yesterday in an interview.

Gen. Sada, 66, who lives in Baghdad, cited growing numbers of evangelical Christians in the Kurdish city of Irbil and a recent church conference of 854 Christians at the city’s Salahaddin University as demonstrations of the Kurds’ willingness to protect religious freedom. 

He added that Nechervan Idris Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdish regional government in Irbil and nephew of former Iraqi Governing Council President Massoud Barzani, was extremely positive about evangelical Christians’ efforts among Iraq’s 4 million Kurds. 

“He told me he’d rather see a Muslim become a Christian rather than a radical Muslim,” the general said. 

He spoke last night at McLean Bible Church, Northern Virginia’s largest congregation, about his new vocation as director of the Iraqi Institute for Peace and president of the National Presbyterian Church in Baghdad. 

“My foundation for peace is Christianity,” said Gen. Sada, who was born an Assyrian Christian. “We must learn to love. Muslims will say they’ve got love and forgiveness, but I want to emphasize what Jesus Christ has said.” 

Gen. Sada has his work cut out for him. Outside the Kurdish areas, “Christians are in a very tough situation,” he said. “Their children are kidnapped, and their money is taken by terrorists.” 

A fighter pilot like his father, Hormis Sada, Gen. Sada rose quickly in the Iraqi military in the 1960s and 1970s and was made a general in 1980. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, he was responsible for interrogating U.S. and allied pilots shot down over Iraq. 

The foreword to his recent book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” is written by retired Air Force Col. David Eberly, whose plane was shot down Jan. 19, 1991. Col. Eberly evaded capture for three days before he was found and taken to Baghdad.
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