Learn how Take Heart gave hope
to Iraqi communities coming out of war.

Our Work





Iraq is the 39th most populated country in the world. Islam is the national religion with nearly 97 percent of the population practicing. While Christians have lived in the country for more than 2,000 years, persecution in Iraq is pushing them to the edge of extinction.

Praise God armed forces defeated the ISIS stronghold in Mosul and surrounding areas in 2017. But many Christians fear the return of extremism, leading them to never feel completely safe. Christians in Iraq are also struggling to rebuild the crushing blow ISIS dealt. Many have lost everything, except their lives, making day-to-day life a struggle.

Christians are tolerated in the North, where Christian population numbers are higher. But, travel further south, into Baghdad and beyond, and persecution in Iraq drastically increases — especially among Christians from a Muslim background.

Strategies Implemented

Spiritual Encouragement

Income-Generating Projects

Leadership Trainings

Education Support


Displacement and Rebuilding Assistance

Trauma Care



Total Population


Christian population


Main Religion


residents below poverty level

Our Work Here

Take Heart comes alongside local leaders and churches to serve in a community for three to five years. Together, we assess spiritual, technical, and financial needs. We then develop a unique strategic development plan that will empower leaders to impact the community for many years after Take Heart is gone. Specific strategies implemented in Iraq include spiritual encouragement, income-generating projects, leadership trainings, education support, childcare, displacement & rebuilding assistance, and trauma care.

Began Work

Local Partner

Christians served

Income-generating projects

Watch our Ministry in Action

Father Thabet, one of our local leaders, gives an update on the COVID-19 situation in Iraq.

This video from 2020 shows the remarkable determination of our partners in the community despite unprecedented adversity.