Another day of suffering and glory

Dear friends,

Today I came back to my beloved Baghdad. I had to leave my treatment early in the Netherlands because there was a terrible explosion the day before yesterday killing over 60 people including several people very close to me. Then to make things worse this morning I had the terrible news that a dear dear friend had died of Cystic Fibrosis in Jerusalem. For many years we had supported him and now, in his early 20′s, he has gone to heaven. So I am back to funerals.

Then comes the glory. Tomorrow it will be announced that my close friend and colleague Bishop Justin Welby will be appointed the next Archbishop of Canterbury.Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury Designate We worked together at Coventry Cathedral when he joined me to be my co-director of the International Centre of Reconciliation. When I came to Baghdad he took over from me. I will never forget the day when we re-opened St George’s  Church in Baghdad together.

What a day – such pain and such glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

Andrew

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4 thoughts on “Another day of suffering and glory

  1. Dear brother, believe this is the first reply ever posted to you, but have followed your ministry in Iraq thru the website. That you can continue to be in Baghdad in the midst of so much death and be at peace and even joyful reminds me of “For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” from 2 Cor. You are a living testimony of Christ to me, and help me to believe that Christ is possible in the circumstances which I live. Thanks for continuing to share, and may God continue to bless you in Christ.

  2. When I became familiar with this ministry I shared it with as many people as I can. It is remarkable and I pray for those who suffer in ways for their faith that we can’t begin to relate too. And yet they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.. May our God richly bless them and the people’s they are among who don’t know the love of Jesus Christ our lord…

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