Prayerline Letter

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

I pray that every need will be met. Our God is able to multiply every gift. Praise His wonderful Name.

— Nina S., CA

God is so good to allow me to have a part of Christian Aid’s ministry in reaching out to so many who are sharing Christ, touching lives, meeting needs and being faithful servants of our blessed Lord and Savior!

— Joy M., NE

So many needs! I’d like to meet them all. I am most moved to help aid income-generating businesses. Thank you for all you do!

— Janet Y., NY

God bless your ministry! Thanks for your effort to help our brethren in difficult areas of the world!

— Nathan and Michelle L., OR

Thank you for helping all these believers in such a cost-effective manner.

— Gerald and Joan R., WI

I thank the Lord for your ministry!

— Michael and Susan O., WI

God bless you for doing His work!

— John S., OH

Thank you for using the donations in an efficient manner to accomplish The Great Commission. May God continue to bless your ministries!

— Teresa C., CA

It’s a great joy to share in this way. May our gracious Lord bless all who serve in the work of Christian Aid Mission!

Ardy J., MI

We enjoy your newsletter and pray for each need.

— Frank and Janice S., TX

God’s richest blessings and continued abundant prosperity be upon Christian Aid Mission in the Name of Jesus.

— Eberle M. Jr., NY

We proclaim God’s finished work in you, your ministry of helps, those you represent, and those they minister to in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

— Daniel and Denise S., IL

You are in my prayers. May God's grace and strength be with you in abundance.

— Angela Z. PA

From Our President

“And I saw the souls of them who were
beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and
for the word of God”
(Rev. 20:4).

October 2014

Dear Precious Saints,

Our hearts ache as we witness horrendous acts of Biblical proportions in the Middle East.

Children are beheaded; girls raped and maimed. Our Christian brothers and sisters are murdered and ejected from their homes before the eyes of the world. The Islamic State (ISIS) continues to take territory and purge cities and villages of any person who does not convert.

“Leave or be killed,” they said.

Two million fled for their lives to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. They left with their families and needs. With just the clothes on their backs, they did not look back, carrying only hunger, thirst, and sadness. Many who believed in Christ only intellectually now would cling to Him with deeper faith.

With no warning or notice, they suddenly became the ones the Lord Jesus mentioned in Matthew 5:10: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

These are the days our Lord promised would come as we anticipate His return. As in Psalm 2, nations rage and peoples plot in vain. But God has installed His King. His name is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Nothing is hidden from His sight. He will reign forever and ever. And those who have been beheaded and martyred for His name shall reign with Him (Revelation 20:4).

But desperation demands response. Our brothers and sisters fill the streets of Erbil, Iraq, as buildings overflow with internally displaced persons (IDPs); literally, there’s no room in any inn. Many already have died of thirst.

They need everything.

What you give they will receive, guaranteed.

Christian Aid is not a relief organization, but in almost any tragedy, whether natural disaster or war, Christian Aid is working with one or more indigenous ministries in the affected area.

We are in daily contact with local ministries within Iraq, and while many foreign mission agencies have to evacuate these regions, local Iraqi ministries— indigenous missionaries, serving day and night, often with no support— remain to help the devastated find food, water, and needed medicines.

They are the ground troops we count on to distribute desperately needed resources to those who have lost everything.

These troops are there to stay. They are not going anywhere. They will not be pulled out or sent home because Iraq is their home and these are their people. They were called for such a day as this.

They are helping the masses, one individual at a time.

Like the young mother from Karakosh, who has no money to buy milk or medicine for her young daughter. “We lost everything and have nothing. No place to live, no food to eat, and no hope to see.” Shaking hysterically, she said to a local missionary, “I need help. I do not have resistance to continue. I want to live in peace.”

Like the 15-year-old boy from Bartela village. In the 118.4 degree heat this teenager burned with kidney pain. “I am sick. My family is very sad because they cannot do anything for me. They do not have money to buy medicine for me or take me to any hospital. You can see our situation. We have nothing. We lost everything. But I wish to stay alive.” And like the man who received not only food but also peace in the name of our Lord Jesus. “This is the first time I feel relief. For three years, I couldn’t smile or feel safe, but now I feel differently. I have peace in my heart. Please pray for my girls. I believe Jesus can heal them and heal me from the inside.”

When you partner with native missionaries, who will remain in Iraq long after foreign help leaves, your resources take effect immediately. Your gift provides the refugees with food, clothing, mattresses, medication, fuel, and Bibles. “Everything is available locally and can be purchased within hours and distributed within a few days,” one ministry leader said. “An army of volunteers from local churches and house churches is ready and willing to help.”

They need more funds.

As despondent souls receive material provisions, they behold a faithful God. “With tears and broken hearts our message is even more effective and people are more receptive to the truth of God. In a crisis like this, we experience a time of revival and awakening,” a leader said.

From death to awakening. From devastation to revival.

As oil flows from crushed olives, as life flows from the cross of Christ, so God is going to reap a harvest for His glory.

Your gifts send the workers, feed and clothe the hungry, provide for the sick, and bring rest and hope for the weary. When received, local Iraqi missionaries immediately put these funds to work, purchasing bags of food and medicine, bottles of water, used clothing, and mattresses—even for those sleeping in the public parks of Erbil.

The refugees not only receive material items, but also benefit from the listening ears of workers burning with the love of God.

Countless “cultural” Christians, who may not have a deep, personal faith in Christ, are coming to truly know the Lord for the first time. “The number of refugees being saved on a daily basis is rising,” a leader said. “We stopped counting because there are so many people praying the prayer of salvation and committing to reading the Bible.”

Bibles, New Testaments, and children’s Bibles are needed in abundance.

Thank you for giving sacrificially.

Your support strengthens grateful hearts.

“The Lord’s hand is clearly upon us protecting us from evil. Even though some of us are going through trials, we believe strongly that the Lord is taking us to another le vel of faith and a higher place of blessing,” a leader said.

We pray a hundred-fold blessing for your life as you minister through giving to fellow believers in Iraq.

For His glory


Cynthia Finley
President

P.S. Join our Heavenly Father in lifting the burdens of those suffering in Iraq. Offerings designated for Iraq are sent to local Iraqi ministry leaders, who immediately buy and distribute necessities. Here are some practical ways to help:

  • Food: Just $16 per day feeds a family of four.
  • Medicine: Help start a fund for people needing medicine for diabetes, asthma, heart problems, blood pressure problems, and other health concerns ($10,000).
  • Thousands of people are hearing the gospel; the supply of Bibles is exhausted. Provide Bibles, New Testaments, and children’s Bibles for about $500 per day.
  • Mattresses cost $30 each, or $12,000 for 400 mattresses.

Please spread the word by linking to www.christianaid.org/iraq and using #HelpLocalIraq.

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