Partnership Grants Help Lutheran Hour Ministries Alleviate Suffering in the Middle East

Through compassionate giving across the Synod, the LCMS was able to provide two grants to help Lutheran Hour Ministries expand its Middle East mercy ministry to people displaced by violence.

An eerie calm: Iraqi Christians anxiously ponder their future

Before 2003, there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. These days, about 400,000 remain.

U.S. must ‘destroy’ Islamic State, say religious conservatives

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders calls on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq.

Pope’s message of peace meets reality of war

“You cannot bring hatred in the name of God,” Pope Francis declares. “You cannot make war in the name of God!”

Islamic extremists impose reign of terror in Iraq

The militant group — so radical it was rejected even by al-Qaida — give Christians and other minorities an ultimatum: Convert to Islam or face execution.

Christian leaders: Middle East Christians must not be forgotten

Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders join forces to call for an end to the silence over persecuted Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria.