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Day of the Christian Martyr 2024 Inductee
The Christians Persecuted in Mosul, Iraq in 2014

According to church tradition, 29 June marks the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul. This year, Christians around the world will take time on 29 June and throughout that weekend to honour the legacy of those who have sacrificed their lives for the advancement of the Gospel.

Click here to view these free digital resources to inspire your church, small group, class or family to witness boldly for Christ:

  • questions for reflection

  • a sermon outline inspired by those who gave their lives to share God’s saving grace

  • an inspiring Day of the Christian Martyr church bulletin insert

  • guided prayer slides to inspire your church, small group, class or family with examples of Christians who gave their lives for the sake of the Gospel

Their Story

Christians Persecuted in Mosul, Iraq

July 2014

In July 2014, militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) advanced across Syria and northern Iraq. As they entered each village, they marked Christians’ homes and businesses with the Arabic letter “N,” or ن, for “Nazarene.”


This symbol served to identify and threaten Christians, who then had a difficult decision to make: Convert to Islam, leave the area or be killed.


More than 100,000 Christians were forced to flee in the stifling heat. Most escaped with only the clothes on their backs, and many died on the road or were taken by ISIS.


Separated from their loved ones, these bold Christians refused to deny Christ. They were willing to give everything for the Savior who had given his life for them.


May we be inspired by their examples, confidently proclaiming Christ at any cost.

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