When author, educator, and humanitarian Johnnie Moore first visited the Christian camps in Iraq packed with refugees driven from their homelands by ISIS, what struck him weren’t the broken families and ramshackle surroundings. What really hit home were the crosses.
“I was shocked when I got to the refugee camps in Iraq,” Moore tells Newsmax. “The most prominent thing were the crosses all over the tents.
“These Christians, who had nearly lost their lives because of the cost of Jesus Christ, decided the one thing they weren’t going to do was make that cross less prominent — even though they were run out of their town.”
Many of those refugees — some of whom speak the very Aramaic language Christ spoke over two millennia ago — told Moore that they feel like they have been forgotten.
Moore decided he would capture their stories. The result is his new book, “Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard,” a priceless time capsule preserving inspirational lives and their stories of faith.
He traveled throughout the region, recording the stories of an extraordinary people still boldly displaying the symbol of a faith whose dear price could be counted in the number of their lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Amidst all their suffering, he reports, their faith burned brighter and brighter.
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