Fire Destroys Major Part of Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad


BAGHDAD, Iraq — A recent communication received from the Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad, Iraq, notes that a major part of the church building was destroyed due to military action in the area.

On Sunday, September 28, the Iraqi police confronted a group of terrorists near the Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad. Heavy weapons fire struck the church building and, as a result, the entire second floor was engulfed in flames. The church guard and neighbors tried to extinguish the fire but were not able to, as the fire spread rapidly. Firefighters were delayed because the streets leading to the church were closed. When the firefighters were finally able to reach the building, the fire had consumed three Sunday school classrooms, the management office and most of the furniture including computers and other equipment.

The Armenian Evangelical Church in Baghdad was established during the war. Over 250 parishioners each Sunday come to church to worship God. The church also has an active Sunday school and youth group.

To help, send gifts to the AMAA, earmarked for Iraq Church Reconstruction, 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ. For donations, visit amaa.org.