My Dear Friends,
With literally hundreds of Facebook messages on my three pages, I am afraid I have not been able to answer them individually as I like to normally, so I am afraid this message will have to be an answer to them all. Thank you so much for your messages of encouragement and support. I can assure you that they have all been read and all much appreciated. Thank you so much my friends.
The crisis here with ISIS/L continues, but their movement toward Baghdad has been pushed back. At one point yesterday they were said to be within a mile of Baghdad. Now the Intel tells us they are 20 miles away from the Capital. The last few days I have done endless interviews as people try and gain a glimpse of what is happening. Thousands upon thousands of people remain Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) on the Kurdish boarders in the North. Limited food, living in simple plastic tents and having none of their much needed provisions. We are trying to provide as much of what is needed as possible. Dr Sarah is spending most of her time in the North but this week she and I found it impossible to find a seat on the plane to travel to Erbil. We are therefore stuck here and flights out are very restricted. I am in Israel next and my flights there are arranged so I will soon be on my way. Sarah is waiting to see how she will be able to get back to Erbil, what is clear is that it cannot be from Baghdad.
Meanwhile Prime Minister al-Abadi has assured the world that the future of Iraq is not safe or certain, but we continue to be committed to providing help and support to the land and people we love. Meanwhile the terrorism of Baghdad continues. Just after our Sally returned home, there were two major suicide bombs in her hometown of Jadida. Fortunately she was not hurt but only just missed the bombs, which killed over 20 people.
Despite the tragedy all around us we are so aware of the presence a glory of G-d. We had a great joyful event today as I baptised a mother and her four young children. What a joy it was when the 10-year-old boy came up to me after the Baptism and said “I feel all new now I am all different” and he was.
So many people have asked how they can help us. There are only two things we need. First and most importantly, we need prayer that the presence and protection of G-d will remain with us and secondly we need funding to provide the needs of our people. Such help can be provided through our websites www.frrme.org and in the US www.frrmeamerica.org.
With every Blessing,
Canon Andrew White