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Jerusalem Dateline: 12/9/16 A Front Lines Report on the Crisis in Northern Iraq

This week on Jerusalem Dateline. CBN News brings an up to date report on the crisis in northern Iraq from a major Christian town, a new refugee camp and the front lines with ISIS. Read Transcript


Chris: THICS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," WE

TAKE YOU TO THE MIDST OF

THE CRISIS IN NORTHERN

IRAQ, FROM BEHIND THE

FRONT LINES --

YOU JUST LEFT THE FRONT

LINES.

THEY'RE BEHIND YOU NOW.

Chris: -- TO A

CHRISTIAN TOWN DEVASTATED

BY ISIS.

IT IS A TRAGEDY FOR US.

Chris: AN EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW WITH A KURDISH

GENERAL, AND A LOOK INSIDE

ONE OF THE CAMPS ABSORBING

THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES,

PLUS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO

HELP.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'RE COMING TO YOU THIS

WEEK FROM NORTHERN IRAQ,

IN THE HEART OF THE

CONFLICT AND BATTLE WITH

ISIS.

I'M STANDING IN THE HAZA

REFUGEE CAMP, WHERE THERE

ARE ABOUT 50,000 REFUGEES

FROM MOSUL, THE CITY THAT

WAS CAPTURED BY ISIS IN

THE SUMMER OF 2014.

FIRST, RECENTLY, A NUMBER

OF CHRISTIANS GATHERED TO

PRAY AND PREPARE ABOUT

RETURNING TO THEIR

LIBERATED TOWNS AND

VILLAGES.

THEY CALLED IT THE RETURN

FESTIVAL, A WORSHIP

CELEBRATION AND PRAYER

MEETING OF IRAQI

CHRISTIANS.

THETHEY CONCENTRATED THEIR

VILLAGES TO THE LORD AND

SAID, WAIT FOR US.

WE'RE COMING BACK.

THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF

THIS EVENT IS TO BRING

CHRISTIANS TOGETHER TO

PRAY FOR THEIR LAND.

BECAUSE THEIR LAND HAS

BEEN TAKEN BY ISIS.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS

LAND NEEDS TO BE CLEANSED.

Chris:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM A

CROSS SECTION OF IRAQI

CHURCHES ATTENDED.

VERNNON BREWER OF WORLD

HELP WAS CHOSEN TO BE THE

ONLY NON-IRAQI SPEAKER.

I BROUGHT A MESSAGE OF

HOPE TO THE CHRISTIANS OF

IRAQ.

THEY'VE BEEN PERSECUTED,

THEY'VE BEEN TARGETED BY

ISIS, THEY'VE BEEN DRIVEN

FROM THEIR HOMES -- IT IS

A HOPELESS SITUATION.

AND I JUST TOLD THEM THAT

JESUS CHRIST IS THE HOPE

OF THE WORLD.

Chris: HOPE WAS THE

MESSAGE OF THIS CATHOLIC

TEACHER AND HER STUDENTS.

IT IS TO BRING HOPE,

THROUGH EDUCATION, WITH

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH

GOD, TO BRING US THE GRACE

AND THE STRENGTH THAT WE

NEED.

Chris: BREWER SAYS

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD NEED TO GET TO KNOW

THEIR IRAQI FAMILY.

THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT

THE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ ARE

POSITIVE, THEY HAVE FAITH,

THEY HAVE RESILIENCE AND

STRENGTH.

THEY'RE FACING

OVERWHELMING PERSECUTION.

IT'S A GENOCIDE.

AND WE NEED TO STAND WITH

THEM.

THEY ARE OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN CHRIST.

AND THEY NEED US STANDING

WITH THEM AT THIS TIME.

Chris: MOST OF THE

PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THIS

PRAYER EVENT FLED ISIS

MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO,

FROM VILLAGES LIKE

KIRAKUSH.

ONE OF THE OVERWHELMING

PRAYER REQUESTS TODAY IS

THAT THEY CAN SIMPLY GO

HOME IN SAFETY.

Through Translator:

THE MAIN THEME OF MY

PRAYER WAS PEACE IN

GENERAL, AND FOR MY

VILLAGE, SO WE CAN GO BACK

THERE.

Chris: WHILE MANY

TOWNS HAVE BEEN

LIBERATEDED, ILIBERATED,IT IS STILL TOO DA NGEROUS

FOR MANY CHRISTIANS TO GO

BACK.

AND SOME WILL NEVER LEAVE

THE FRONT LINES.

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE

SHOULD BE SOME WITNESSES

FOR JESUS.

JESUS SAID THAT HE WILL

NOT LEAVE HIMSELF WITHOUT

A WITNESS.

SO IF ALL OF THE

CHRISTIANS WILL LEAVE

HERE, WHO WILL WITNESS FOR

JESUS?

Chris: HE BELIEVES

THE LORD WILL REDEEM THEIR

SITUATION.

IT REMINDS ME OF

ISAIAH, WHEN YOU SAY HE

WILL REPLACE ASHES WITH

BEAUTY.

SO THE ASHES THAT YOU SO

SOW -- SOME ASHES INSIDE

US, THE LORD PROMISES HE

WILL CHANGE IT TO BEAUTY.

Chris: ONE OF THOSE

TOWNS RECENTLY LIBERATED

BY THE KURDISH MILITARY IS

QARAQOSH.

SISTER DIANA JOINED WITH

HER TEAM TO SHOW US WHAT

ISIS DID TO HER CITY.

WE FIRST VISITED HER HOME

CHURCH, THE IMMACULATE

CATHEDRAL.

THIS IS CONSIDERED THE

LARGEST CHURCH IN ALL OF

THE MIDDLE EAST.

WE DO ALL OF OUR WORSHIP

IN HERE.

I WOULD SAY MY PARENTS GOT

MARRIED HERE.

WE HAD OUR FIRST COMMUNION

HERE.

WE USED TO WORSHIP EVERY

SINGLE DAY, CHRISTMAS,

EASTER --

Chris: FROM THE

CEILING, TO THE FLOOR, TO

THE ALTER, ISIS LEFT ITS

MARK.

WHAT WE WERE TOL TOLD IS

THEY GATHERED SO MANY OF

THESE BENCHES, AND THEY

PUT IT INSIDE IN THE

MIDDLE HERE, AND BURNED

THEM.

SO THE CHURCH WAS BURNING

FOR DAYS.

THEY HAVE TOOK THE ALTER

AND THROW IT ON THE

GROUND.

THEY ARE AGAINST EVERY

CHRISTIAN SYMBOL, AGAINST

EVERYTHING, ACTUALLY.

YOU KNOW, WHATEVER YOU

SEE -- WHEREVER YOU SEE

THERE IS A CROSS, THEY

TOOK IT DOWN.

YOU SEE HERE, WE HAVE THE

ALTER.

AND THERE WERE CROSSES IN

THERE.

AND WHEREVER YOU SEE THE

DAMAGE, THEY TRIED TO DO

AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE IN

THEIR POWER TO SAY, YOU

CHRISTIANS STOP LIVING

HERE.

THIS IS NOT YOUR LAND.

I MEAN, THIS IS -- IT

MAKES ME SPEECHLESS.

Chris: IN THE

REMAINS, SISTER DIANA

FOUND CHARRED PAGES FROM A

NEW TESTAMENT.

THE LETTER TO JOHN,

CHAPTER 4 AND 5, BECAUSE

HE IS THE ONE WHO CAME TO

SAVE US WITH WATER AND

BLOOD.

IT SAYS, I DO NOT FOLLOW

EVIL, BUT FOLLOW EVERYONE

WHO DOES GOODNESS BECAUSE

THESE ARE FROM GOD.

WHOEVER HAS DONE EVIL WILL

NOT SEE GOD.

Chris: THIS IS THE

COURTYARD OF THE

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

CHURCH.

WHEN ISIS WAS HERE, THEY

USED IT AS A TRAINING

GROUND.

YOU CAN SEE THE COURTYARD

LITTERED WITH BULLETS.

OVER HERE IS THE CONVENT.

AND THEY BROUGHT THOUSANDS

OF BOOKS OUT OF THE

CONVENT, BROUGHT THEM HERE

INTO THE CENTER OF THE

COURTYARD, AND THEY BURNED

THEM.

ALL THAT IS LEFT IS THIS

PILE OF ASHES.

THIS IS WHAT WE HONOR,

AND IT HAS TURNED INTO

ASHES.

THOSE ARE OUR BOOKS.

Chris: ISIS USED THE

CHURCH COURTYARD TO TRAIN

KILLERS.

YOU SEE THIS, THEY WERE

TRAINING -- IT IS THE

TARGET PRACTICE.

ALL OF THIS WAS A TARGET

PRACTICE.

ESPECIALLY THIS AREA.

AND IMAGINE HOW MANY

PEOPLE THEY HAVE TRAINED

TO KILL.

Chris: ON THE STREET,

WE WITNESSED DEVASTATION.

SOME OF IT CAUSED BY

COALITION AIRSTRIKES

TARGETING ISIS.

WHAT YOU SEE HERE,

THOSE WERE HOUSES.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, ONE,

TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE

HOUSES.

AND THAT HAS BEEN

DESTROYED.

THOSE HOUSES BELONGED TO

FAMILIES, FAMILIES WHO

WORKED SO HARD.

Chris: THIS FAMILY

LOST THEIR HOME, MONEY,

AND 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER,

WHO ISIS STOLE FROM HER

MOTHER'S LAP.

WE LOST EVERYTHING.

THEIR HOUSE HAS BEEN PUT

DOWN.

SHE LOST HER DAUGHTER.

I MEAN, WHAT...

EVERYTHING WE OWN, WE LOST

IT.

THIS STREET USED TO BE

FILLED, VERY BUSY, VERY

ACTIVE.

AND, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE,

IT'S EMPTY.

Chris: THROUGHOUT THE

TOWN, ISIS LEFT BEHIND

WRITING ON THE WALL.

ISIS LEFT GRAFFITI ALL

OVER QARAQOSH.

THIS SAYS ISIS WILL CRUSH

OR SQUISH ALL OF THE

UNBELIEVERS.

AND THIS ONE SAYS THAT THE

ISLAMIC STATE WILL EXPAND

WITH ALLAH'S PERMISSION.

AND THIS ONE SAYS, "WE

DESTROYED YOUR CROSSES.

WE BEHEADED YOU, YOU

INFIDELS."

THEY ESPECIALLY DAMAGED OR

DESTROYED CROSSES, AND

THEY EVEN PILLAGED

CHRISTIAN GRAIFERS.

GRAVES.

NOT ONLY DESTROYED THE

HOMES OF THE LIVING, BUT

THEY DESECRATEDED THE DESECRATED THE FINAL

RESTING PLAY PLACE OF THE DEAD.

AND THEY LOOTED OFF ANY

VALUABLES THEY COULD OFF

THE CORPSE.

SISTER DIANA SAYS THE

DEVASTATION WOULD BE

OVERWHELMING WITHOUT GOD.

THEY DESTROYED

EVERYTHING.

BUT WE TELL THEM, THEY

COULD NOT DESTROY OUR

WILL, OUR FAITH.

THEY COULD DESTROY

MATERIAL THINGS, BUT WHAT

IS LEFT IS THE ETERNAL

THINGS.

Chris: SISTER DIANA

PRAYS THE TOWNS PEOPLE

WILL RETURN, BUT SAYS THEY

NEED ASSURANCE.

NUMBER ONE IS SECURITY.

IF I DON'T FEEL SECURE,

YOU KNOW, I WON'T BE ABLE

TO STAY HERE.

IF A FATHER OR MOTHER

WON'T FEEL SECURE, THEY

WON'T SEND THEIR CHILDREN

TO SCHOOL.

Chris: THE TOWN NOW

SITS UNDER THE CONTROL OF

A CHRISTIAN-BASED MALITIA.

BUT MAFUQ SAYS THEY NEED

MORE HELP.

THE PEOPLE NEED TO COME

BACK, BUT THEY NEED TO

FEEL SAFE.

THEY NEED FORCES ON THE

GROUND.

THEY NEED, LIKE,

INTERNATIOLROTECTION.

AND THAT'S -- THAT WOULD

BE GOOD, LIKE A GUARANTEE

THAT THAT WILL NEVER

HAPPEN AGAIN.

IT IS REALLY SCARY TO

THINK THAT IF SOMETHING

REALLY BIG DOESN'T HAPPEN,

ISIS COULD BE SUCCESSFUL

IN TRYING TO DESTROY THIS

COMMUNITY.

IT ISN'T WITHOUT HOPE, BUT

PEOPLE NEED HELP HERE.

PEOPLE, IF THEY WANT TO

REBUILD, THEY'RE GOING TO

NEED HELP.

THEY ARE BROKE ALREADY.

THEY ARE HOMELESS ALREADY.

THEY ARE LIVING IN A

PLACE, IT'S NOT THEIR

HOMELAND.

THIS IS OUR HOMELAND.

Chris: SISTER DIANA

FEARS TOO MANY CHRISTIAN

FAMILIES MAY BE

DISCOURAGED AND LEAVE THE

AREA.

SHE BELIEVES THE

CHRISTIANS OF NORTHERN

IRAQ ARE IT'S SALT AND

LIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT THE GOSPEL

SAYS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE

TRY TO BE.

WE CARRY THE MESSAGE OF

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

AND WE ARE GOING TO BE

FAITHFUL TO HIM.

NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO,

THEY CAN'T DEFEATED GOD.

AND THE GLORY OF THIS

CHURCH AND THIS TOWN IS

COMING BACK.

SOONER OR LATER.

GOD HAS PROMISEDED U PROMISED US FOR A

BETTER LIFE.

Chris: IN THE

MEANTIME, SISTER DIANA

ASKS FOR PRAYER THAT THEIR

FAITH WILL REMAIN STRONG,

AS RESIDENTS OF QARAQOSH

TRICKLE BACK TO SEE THEIR

HOMES, THEIR CHURCH, AND

TO WORSHIP.

> COMING UP, MEETING

SOME OF THE CHRISTIANS

LENDING A HELPING HAND TO

THOSE CAUGHT IN THE

CROSS-FIRE IN THE WAR

AGAINST ISIS.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

BEHIND ME YOU CAN SEE SOME

OF THE TENTS HERE AT THE

HAZA REFUGEE CAMP.

JUST ONE SIGN OF THE

MASSIVE HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS HERE IN NORTHERN

IRAQ.

WE MET WITH A NUMBER OF

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES THAT

ARE HERE TO HELP, EITHER

ON THE FRONT LINES OR IN

THE REFUGEE CAMPS.

WE JOINED VERNON BREWER,

FOUNDER OF "WORLD HELP" IN

THE HA REFUGEE CAMP.

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF

THIS REFUGEE CAMP WITH

ABOUT 50,000 REFUGEES.

YOU'VE BEEN IN MANY

HUMANITARIAN SITUATIONS

LIKE THIS.

WHAT ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT

NOW?

I'M OVERWHELMED.

I MEAN, IT'S JUST WALL TO

WALL PEOPLE.

THEY CAN'T WORK.

THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS.

THEY DON'T HAVE FOOD.

THEY DON'T HAVE CLOTHING.

THEY DON'T HAVE SANITARY

CONDITIONS.

ONE LITTLE BOY TOLD ME

THEY DON'T HAVE CLEAN

WATER.

IT'S JUST A SEA OF

HUMANITY HERE.

I THINK THE GREATEST THING

THAT WE, AS AMERICANS, CAN

DO, BY OUR PRESENCE AND BY

OUR HELP AND BY OUR AID,

IS GIVE THESE PEOPLE HOPE,

TO LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE

NOT FORGOTTEN.

TO LET THEM KNOW WE CARE,

THAT WE'RE THE HANDS AND

FEET OF JESUS HERE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

WE HAVE A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY AS CHRIST'S

FOLLOWERS TO FOLLOW THE

EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST

AND LOVE THESE PEOPLE IN

NEED.

AND WE PRAY, ALWAYS IN

JESUS' NAME.

Chris: WE WALKED WITH

DAVE EUBANK IN THE MIDST

OF REFUGEES WHO JUST

ESCAPED ISIS.

ONE THING I FEEL, THE

ONLY REAL ANSWER FOR ALL

OF US, IS THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS.

THAT'S IT.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT

HELPS ME.

EVEN LAST NIGHT, AS I WAS

THINKING ABOUT THINGS AND

COULDN'T FIND A SOLUTION,

I JUST SAID, I'M GOING TO

PRAY TO YOU, LORD, BECAUSE

YOU'RE BIGGER AND YOU'RE

GOING TO DO SOMETHING.

WE NEED HELP.

I WAS ASKING FOR YOU TO

PRAY FOR ME FOR PATIENCE

AND LOVE.

AND I THANK GOD FOR THE

THINGS PEOPLE PUT IN OUR

HANDS TO HELP OTHER

PEOPLE.

AND I THANK GOD FOR CBN,

AND ALL YOU WHO WATCH IT,

WHO HAVE FAITH THAT NO

MATTER WHAT THINGS LOOK

LIKE, GOD IS BIGGER.

AND THAT WHEN HE SENT HIS

SON, JESUS, THAT'S THE

ANSWER TO EVERY PROBLEM WE

HAVE.

WE CAN PRAY TO HIM AND ASK

FOR HELP.

AND WE'VE BEEN ASKING THIS

QUESTION, LORD: HOW DO WE

LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS?

AND ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS

ARE PESHMERGA.

THE WAY WE LOVE OUR

NEIGHBORS IS SUPPORT THEM

IN CONFLICT AND HELP THEM

NOT DIE.

SO WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE,

WE'VE BEEN SETTING UP

MEDICAL TREATMENT

FACILITIES, C.P. C.s,

COLLECTION CASUALTY

POINTS, TO SERVE THEM IN

CRISIS.

AND WE ARE CALLING ON

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND

THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY COME SHORT-TERM,

MID-TERM, AND LONG-TERM.

WE CAN PLACE YOU AND PUT

YOU TO WORK IMMEDIATELY

AND YOU CAN HAVE A MASSIVE

IMPACT HERE BECAUSE THE

LORD LOVES THIS PLACE.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT

FOR CHRISTIANS TO BE HERE

BECAUSE IT IS EASY TO BE A

LIGHT IN SUCH DARKNESS.

WITH WHAT ISIS IS DOING

AND THE EVIL THAT THEY

STAND FOR, WE'RE VERY FEW

BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS

SHOWING GOD'S LOVE AND

DOING TANGIBLE THINGS TO

HELP PEOPLE IN THE TIME OF

NEED.

GOD GETS THE GLORY FROM

IT, FOR SURE.

Chris: COMING UP,

WHAT COMES AFTER THE

BATTLE FOR MOSUL?

IT IS NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT

THINK.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS

GOING TO BE A FLASH IN THE

PAN MILITARY CONFLICT.

I THINK IT WILL BE

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

AS YOU CAN SEE, LIFE GOES

ON HERE IN THE HAZA

REFUGEE CAMP.

THE CRISIS IN NORTHERN

IRAQ HAS AFFECTED MILLIONS

OF PEOPLE.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE

CURRENT SITUATION, AND WHY

SOME BELIEVE AFTER ISIS IT

COULD LEAD TO A MORE

DANGEROUS SITUATION.

THE TOWN OF BASHIQUA FITS

A FEW MILES FROM MOSUL AND

ISIS.

IT BEARS THE SCARS OF A

BITTER BATTLE.

BEFORE BASHIQUA AND OTHER

TOWNS WERE LIBERATED BY

THE KURDISH MILITARY, ISIS

PLANTED THOUSANDS OF

I.E.D.s, BOOP TRAPPED

HOMES, AND DUG DOZENS OF

TUNNELS.

IT WILL TAKE MONTHS TO

MAKE THESE AREAS

COMPLETELY SAFE.

THIS COMMANDING GENERAL

TOLD CBN NEWS HIS

PESHMERGA SOLDIERS ARE

CLEARING THE TOWN TO

CREATE A SAFE ZONE.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Chris: GENERAL BAHRAM

SAYS THE TOWN WILL NEED

MAJOR HELP FROM

HUMANITARIAN AND RELIEF

GROUPS TO HELP IN THE

REBUILDING.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

WE ARE HERE TO SERVE THE

MILITARY IN A MEDICAL

CAPACITY.

Chris: DALTON THOMAS

DIRECTS ONE GROUP THAT

PROVIDES HUMANITARIAN

RELIEF AND SUPPORTS THE

PESHMERGA.

BECAUSE WE THINK IT IS

A MORALLY, ETH CLEE, ETHICALLY AND

BIBLICAL THING TO DO, TO

HELP PEOPLE PRESERVE LIFE,

AND HELP THEM AS THEY HELP

PRESERVE LIFE.

THIS IS A WAR OF DEFENSE

AND STABILIZATION.

Chris: THOMAS

BELIEVES IT IS AN

IMPORTANT TIME FOR THE

U.S. TO STAND WITH THE

KURDS.

KURDISTAN IS OUR

GREATEST ALLY IN THE

REGION, APART FROM ISRAEL.

AND KURDISTAN IS THIS

BASTION OF HOPE, I THINK,

IN THE MIDST OF THIS WAR.

I THINK THEY DESERVE OUR

TRUST.

I THINK THEY DESERVE O OUR

SUPPORT.

OUR

SUPPORT.

I AM GLAD AND PROUD, AS AN

AMERICAN, THAT WE HAVE

SERVED KURDISTAN.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT

COMMITMENT BE

EXPEDENTIALLY GROWN OVER

THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

Chris: SOME HOPE THE

INCOMING TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION WILL

INCREASE THAT SUPPORT TO

THE KURDS.

YET SOME BELIEVE THE

VACUUM CREATED WILL LEAD

TO A MORE DANGEROUS

SITUATION.

THOMAS PRESENTS A POSSIBLE

AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS

SCENARIO AFTER MOSUL.

I DON'T THINK THIS WILL

BE A FLASH IN THE PAN

MILITARY CONFLICT.

I THINK IT WILL BE

SOMETHING WE'LL BE DEALING

WITH FOR YEARS TO COME.

IT WILL EVOLVE AND ADAPT

AND TAKE NEW SHAPES IN

COMING MONTHS AND YEARS

THAT ARE, UNFORTUNATELY, A

LOT MORE TERRIFYING THAN

ISIS IS ITSELF BECAUSE THE

REMOVAL OF ISIS DOESN'T

REMOVE THE CONFLICT.

THE CONFLICT JUST EVOLVES

INTO A NEW CONFLICT.

Chris: HOW DO YOU SEE

THAT EVOLVING?

WORST-CASE SCENARIO, IT

IS CIVIL WAR BECAUSE MANY

WOULD ARGUE, YOU KNOW, IF

YOU JUST GRAB THE AVERAGE

OCCURRED OKURD OR ARAB ON THE

STREET, THEIR FEAR IS AN

ETHNIC RELIGIOUS CONFLICT

THAT IS MORE ABOUT IRAN

AND SUNNI SHI'ITE THAN IT

IS ABOUT ISIS.

MOSUL IS A SMOKE SCREEN.

IT IS BECOMING KIND OF THE

WHIPPING BOY.

IT IS THE POWDER KEG WHERE

ALL OF THESE OTHER

TENSIONS ARE BEING

BROUGHT.

IF THE COALITIONS, IF THE

LEADERS, CAN NAVIGATE

THROUGH IT SUCH A WAY AS

TO THROW WATER ON THE FIRE

AND NOT GASOLINE ON THE

FIRE, THE SITUATION COULD

BE MINIMIZED AND IT COULD

JUST BE A FOCUSED CAMPAIGN

AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE,

AND THEY COULD THEN SHIFT

TO RAQQA.

THAT'S THE BEST-CASE

SCENARIO, WHICH I THINK IS

PROBABLY UNSANCTIFIED

OPTIMISM AT THIS STAGE.

Chris: UP NEXT, WHAT

YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO

SUPPORT THE FRONT LINE

MINISTRIES IN NORTHERN

IRAQ.

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

AFTER WATCHING THIS

PROGRAM, YOU MAY WONDER,

WHAT CAN I DO AND HOW CAN

I PRAY?

HERE IS SOME INSIGHT FROM

MINISTRIES ON THE GROUND

ABOUT HOW YOU CAN

INTERCEDE ABOUT THE

SITUATION IN NORTHERN IRAQ

AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND THAT PRAYER

WORKS.

IT IS NOT JUST A CLICHE.

SO BE FERVENT IN YOUR

PRAYERS.

Chris: VICTOR MARKS

BELIEVES PRAYER MAKES A

DIFFERENCE.

THAT VEHICLE RIGHT

THERE, THAT IS ONE OF OUR

ARMORED VEHICLES.

I'M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW,

THAT THING HAS TAKEN RPG

SHOTS FROM 30 METRES AWAY

THAT HAVE MISSED.

AND NOT ONE ROUND HIT ON

IT AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

CHRISTIANS AT HOME MUST

PRAY.

Chris: WHAT DO

CHRISTIANS SERVING HERE

WANT PEOPLE TO PRAY?

DAVE EUBANK LEADS A TEAM

ON THE FRONT LINES,

OFFERING MEDICAL AND

HUMANITARIAN AID.

THAT ISIS WILL BE

QUICKLY DEFEATED.

THAT ALL PEOPLES SHOULD BE

FREE.

AND THAT THE SHI'A AND THE

SUNNIS AND THE CHRISTIANS

WILL LEARN HOW TO

TOGETHER.

THIS IS A HEART ISSUE AND

A SPIRITUAL ISSUE.

I THINK THOSE ARE THE MAIN

THINGS TO PRAY FOR.

Chris: CBN NEWS

JOINED SISTER DIANA IN THE

CHRISTIAN TOWN OF

QARAQOSH, DEVASTATED BY

ISIS.

SHE WANTS PRAYER FOR THOSE

SUFFERING ACROSS NORTHERN

IRAQ.

I PRAY THAT PEOPLE WILL

HAVE PASSION TOWARDS THEIR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO

ARE SUFFERING HERE, TO

HELP THEM.

TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND

PEOPLE TO SUPPORT US, TO

REBUILD ALL OF THIS.

THIS IS GOING TO NEED SOME

SUPPORT.

AND TO HOLD US IN THEIR

DAILY PRAYERS, SO GOD WILL

GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO

CONTINUE IN FAITH.

Chris: THIS BATTLE

GOES BEYOND SOLDIERS AND

FIGHTERS.

THERE ARE MOMS WITH

BABIES AND CHILDREN.

IT'S HUSBANDS WHO HAVE

BEEN KILLED.

IT IS MEN WHO NO LONGER

HAVE WORK, OR THEY'VE BEEN

BROUGHT TO SUCH PLACE OF

SHAME AND GUILT.

Chris: DALTON THOMAS

LEADS A MINISTER

SUPPORTING THE KURDISH

MILITARY.

WHEN I PRAY FOR

KURDISTAN, I PRAY, LORD,

GIVE THE LEADERS WISDOM TO

POUR WATER ON THE FIRE AND

NOT GASOLINE.

AND, LORD, OPEN UP THE

DOOR FOR THE GOSPEL TO BE

PROCLAIMED AS IT OUT TO BE

PROCLAIMED HERE.

THOSE ARE MY TWO PRAYERS

HERE.

LORD, RESTRAIN THE HANDS

OF WICKED MEN, AND OPEN UP

THE DOOR FOR THE GOOD NEWS

OF THE GOSPEL TO GO FORTH.

BECAUSE THIS PLACE NEEDS

GOOD NEWS.

Chris: THOMAS AND

OTHERS BELIEVE A WORLDWIDE

WAR ROOM OF PRAYER WILL

MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE

FRONT LINES.

I HOPE YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

PRAY FOR THE SITUATION AND

FOR THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE

AFFECTED BY THIS CRISIS,

INCLUDING ABDUL AND

MAHKMUD, WHO JUST CAME

FROM THE TEA O CITY OF MOSUL.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

REMEMBER YOU CAN FOLLOW US

ON Facebook, TWITTER,

AND INSTAGRAM.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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