From Our President
“And I saw the souls of them who were
beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and
for the word of God”
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
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
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
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
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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