of Kurdish Iraqis participated in celebrating the
opening of the Evangelical Church in the province of Kurdistan, in northern
In a cheerful and
hopeful atmosphere, people of Kurdistan province, in northern Iraq, participated in the
ceremonies of the Evangelical Kurdish Church in the city of Arbeel.
Tens of people attended the
ceremonies in the big hall decorated with a big cross attached to the logo of the Kurdistan province. They
began by singing a
number of spiritual songs for an hour, followed by Pastor Hāzim delivering his
service with explanations of some
“We meet today to give glory to the Lord and to
congratulate each other in the name of Christ. We
have come today to invite His blessed name into our
hearts,” said the pastor when starting the celebrations.
pastor of the church, Majīd
Rashīd Muhammad, said that the church was established after the uprising in 1991
and the arrival of
Christian missionaries to the province. However, it has gained a legal license from the current provincial
government in 2004. He revealed that the church is not sponsored by the government, but by the community of
There is no accurate estimation of Kurds who converted to Christianity, but we receive
numbers of people
who want to join the church on a daily basis, added the pastor.
Talking about his
conversion to Christianity, the
young celebration’s keyboardist, Shammāl Rasūl, said some
friends convinced him to convert to Christianity, and
that this has taught him the meaning of peace, love
Representing the government of the province,
Kamāl Karkūlī, the
deputy of the head of the Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly, said that establishing
churches does not
conflict with the Iraqi constitution, as it respects the freedom of all citizens.