The following text message was received by Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International (CRI):

August 8: “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS, and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”

August 10: “Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes as ISIS has been advancing across Iraq. Many of these people have arrived in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Last fall, refugees from Syria were granted access into many of these same areas of Kurdistan. We are working with longtime partners to provide essential items for internally displaced people. To date, our response has included distributions of tents, mattresses, and baby cribs, as well as food distributions that have served more than 14,000 people. Over the weekend, we coordinated an outreach event and saw dozens of people respond in faith to the Gospel. Our plan is to continue supporting these church partners as they accommodate more and more internally displaced people. We are carefully monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to increase our involvement if the need should arise.”

Please pray urgently for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Jews and Christians.