Neither the bombs nor ISIS have extinguished this Iraqi monk’s faith

Raeed, an Iraqi monk who dedicated his life to prayer in a small monastery with four other monks, faced a radical change in his life.

He survived a bomb attack in Baghdad that left him in a coma for quite some time. Such an event made him question his faith, yet at the same time, it strengthened him as it reaffirmed the promise he made to obey God.

Ten years later, ISIS arrived in his city and he had to flee the monastery. It was another test of faith for Raeed. Now, for the past three years, he has been leading a time of prayer in a refugee camp outside Erbil. He never imagined that his service to the Church would be alongside a crowd of Christians seeking to live out their faith in times of difficulty.

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