Dear Friends and Family,
As we come to this most Holy Season of Passover and Easter we are acutely aware of how much we have to give thanks for. As I sat down with my former teacher, a Hassidic Rabbi, the other day here in Jerusalem I asked him; what does Passover mean to you? With great joy he answered that it is a feast of liberation. Liberation – past, present and future. Just like Easter he said and indeed it is. As many of us celebrate this time of the year we must not forget the many we are called to serve who have nothing. No homes, little food and yet they know without doubt that they have been through the waters and G-d is still with them.
As we look back at the last few months it is phenomenal to see what we have been doing and been able to achieve. Our work continues to focus on Iraq, Israel/Palestine and Jordan serving particularly Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people. The stories are so terrible that it is difficult to transmit them but what we have been able to achieve is simply phenomenal. We now have in place a highly successful school for the Iraqi refugee children in Jordan. We have an extensive feeding and medical program and have been able to provide a significant amount of housing for people who were living in worse than slums.
So the work has been divided very clearly into the following genres:
- Food and Relief
- Medical Help and Clinic Support
- Children’s Education
- Provision of Housing and Accommodation
This provision has changed the lives of those most in need. We can only do all this with your help and support. We thank you for what you have enabled us to do. These are not far flung distant people, they are our family and our people. I give thanks to the Almighty for the privilege of serving these people. Dr Sarah serving the thousands in Northern Iraq gives thanks to G-d for what we are called to do together. Will you stand with us and help us to make G-d’s love known at this time of LIBERATION.
Just the other day I was with a grandmother and her granddaughter. The 15 year-old had come home from a night with her grandmother and found both parents and her four brothers shot dead on the floor. At first all we could do was hold her and cry with her. We started to provide for her then one day we got a little smile from her. Then just the other day we got two of the former members of our Church in Baghdad to take her shopping for clothes. Then suddenly the smile returned to her face and she became ours. Her grandmother cried so hard and said she had and prayed so hard that G-d would send somebody to see them then we arrived as if from heaven. You helped us get there.
Please will you help us to keep going to them and many other people. One little girl just run up to me and held me tight and told me over and over again that I had poured the water over her. Whenever I see her she is holding the picture of me baptising her. When the family fled the ISIS terrorists all they took with them was the picture of me marrying the parents and baptising Myrna.
Your help of just a few £’s or $’s will help us bring hope to our family this Easter. May you truly know the liberation power of G-d this Passover and Easter.
Blessings my Friend and Family,
Canon Andrew White
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FRRME are working to meet the needs of Iraqi refugees fleeing the conflict in Iraq supporting 270 refugee families in the Markaa region of Amman with cash transfers to help them pay for accommodation, healthcare and food. FRRME have also partnered with Father Khalil and the Messengers of Peace Association who run the Roman Catholic Latin School in Amman. Together we provide teaching to over 100 Iraqi refugee children three days a week, without FRRME’s assistance these children would not be receiving education.
FRRMEhas been providing emergency relief in the North of Iraq since July 2014 when the crisis escalated. We have been providing food packages, water, clothing, bedding and mobility aids for the disabled to internally displaced Iraqis in and around Erbil and Dohuk. FRRME supports established churches in the North of Iraq such as the Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Churches who are assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by delivering regular relief supplies. FRRME also delivers relief supplies to IDP camps and centres across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.