Relief groups celebrate Christmas in Iraq.

By December 25, 2003

iraq (MNN) — You wouldn’t think this celebration was possible in a Muslim country. But, since the country has been liberated, it’s happening this year. Staff with evangelical relief organizations are celebrating Christmas in Iraq.

That’s the word we’re getting from Food for the Hungry’s President Ben Homan. Homan says, while Iraq is predominately Muslim, the celebration of Christ’s birth will take place. “You think about the world the Christ was born into. He was born into a country that was occupied by foreign troops, governed by foreigners. He came into that situation and Christmas is a celebration of who God came into a world that was broken and fractured and fighting.” Homan says Iraqis can relate to that, even though the U-S freed that nation.

Homan says FHI ministers to the whole person. “When we go into communities, we look at that whole person and we celebrate that people are made in the image of God. Diversity of cultures and nations only provides God another way of displaying of how powerful he is”.

Pray that this witness can make a difference in the lives of many Iraqis.

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