The Tent for Jesus in the Refugee Camp – Canon Andrew White

The Christians in Northern Iraq have set up a refugee tent tent for Jesus in refugee camp for this year. Will you help us to help the Christians in the Middle East this Christmas there tent for Jesus does in fact tell us, THAT WHEN YOU HAVE LOST EVERYTHING JESUS IS ALL YOU HAVE LEFT. You can give to those most in need via http://frrme.org/get-involved/donate/

Photos used with permission of Stivan Shany

Happy and Blessed Christmas from Bethlehem and Baghdad – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

As we approach Christmas I bring you blessings from Bethlehem and Baghdad. Bethlehem where I am most of my time now because it is deemed too dangerous for me to be in Iraq at the moment and Baghdad that I still see as my home and the place I love more than any other. I may not be there but our team still are working flat out to bring hope to our many thousands of Christians who have been forced from their homes at this time. Every day they are providing food, accommodation, clothing, and disabled aids to those in great need. Last year we could have never dreamt that we would be facing this level of crisis – with our people being hounded from their homes, our people being massacred and having nowhere to go for real safety.

I want to thank you for all the help you gave us at this most terrible of times. With your assistance we have been able to help meet the needs of those who have nothing. The story may be out of the news now but the crisis continues. We are having to provide for the needs of those not just in Iraq but also those who have fled to neighbouring countries. Last week we were in Jordan with some of our desperate people. About to be forced out of their totally derelict homes because they could not pay the rent, no school for their children and their husbands and father having been kidnapped or killed by the terrorists in Iraq. Our job has been to provide them all the help and support they need and we can only do it with your help.

Meanwhile down the road in Bethlehem it may seem peaceful and pleasant for the pilgrims and tourists but there is a very different side to this little town. We have been greatly privileged to form links with the wonderful evangelical Church in Bethlehem led by Naim and Stephen Khoury. The church is so alive with the glory and Spirit of G-d. It has a vibrant children’s and youth ministry and an extensive evangelism program. Whilst the mosques are proclaiming their words from their minarets this church is proclaiming the word of G-d from its loud speakers. 13 times this church has been blown up and had attempts to destroy it, but they will not stop allowing the love of Jesus from Bethlehem to be heard in Bethlehem.

Will you give back to the Middle East something this Christmas as we give thanks for what we have received from there when Christ was born? Everything you give will go to those who need our help this Christmas here in the Middle East where our Lord Yesuah came.

Wishing you a happy and blessed celebration on the birthday of our Lord.

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

 

 

 

 

 

Canon Andrew White


How to help 

Regular monthly giving enables families to be fed weekly, medical support and supplies remain available to all in need and vital reconciliation work to continue. We would ask you to prayerfully consider regular giving in the form of a monthly standing order, particularly at this most difficult of times. Standing order forms can be uploaded from the FRRME website www.frrme.org/donate. If you would prefer to speak to a member of the FRRME Team about regular giving, please contact office@frrme.org or telephone 01730 267673.

To donate to FRRME please go to http://frrme.org/get-involved/donate/ (UK); http://frrmeamerica.org/donate/ (US).

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All it took was $1 – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

It has been a long hard, difficult and wonderful trip to the US. There have been continual meetings with people who really care about our work and mission. I have continually been asked how people can help and my answer has been continually “Pray for Peace and Pay for Peace”. The highlight of my recent trips has been my visits to the Christian Schools. These visits were obviously not fundraising ventures but for me the highlight was when a little boy came up to me and gave me $1. That dollar is still with me I cannot use it. It is to me the true symbol of the widows might. Other children then came up to me and gave me their one or five dollars. So I have decided to give to the church the same amount of money given to me and the one dollars I will give away at Bethel Church this weekend. It is a sign of God’s goodness and provision to me and us.

Bethel

I got to Bethel where as usual I had an amazing visit. I told my story in depth and then told people about the young boy in Seattle who gave me the $1. The story was clearly the most amazing story of so many I had to tell. I told how he had given me his $1 to help the needs of his brothers and sisters who had been dispersed and massacred. I told them how after the one dollar other children started bringing me their $1. It was so moving and it was not long before all the students started bringing me their one dollars. In every class the same thing happened when I told the story by the end of my one day in Bethel that $1 had turned into thousands and thousands of dollars. That little boy had no idea what he was doing but he was sure that he did what God told him to do. There at Bethel they took the dollars and got them changed into a cheque to bring relief to the thousands of Christians we were helping. All because of one boy and $1.

Never underestimate how G-d can use the widows might and the boys $1. As I write I am on my way to Nashville Tennessee for the final part of my visit. It is a place I am very much looking forward to visiting and seeing what God is going to do there. I am sure it will be good. I return back to the UK on Friday and next Sunday I am preaching at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. So I will actually have a chance to see my Josiah in situ in Cambridge, how I am so looking forward to seeing him. Early next week I return to Jordan and Israel and later BBC News.

Well the money is now counted and the $1 has raised over $25,000 I just told his teacher and she can’t wait to tell the children tomorrow, she said it is just like the 5 loaves and 2 fishes.

With every Blessing,

 

 Canon Andrew White
Canon Andrew White

The Agony and the Ecstasy Continue – Update from Canon Andrew White

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
Canon Andrew White

Greetings from Baghdad – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Baghdad. People are very fearful the nation looks as if it has collapsed. The usual hectic and crazy streets were this morning almost empty. The news from our friends in areas surrounding Baghdad is equally worrying, the Islamic State (ISIS or DAASH as they are known locally) are very close to Baghdad. We do not really know what is happening all we know is that people are very afraid. We know that civilians have been killed in air strikes; we know that there are huge battles with ISIS; and we know that our army is not very efficient.

This morning I was with one of my soldiers who is assigned by the government to protect me. I asked him what he would do if he saw ISIS coming. He told me he would take off his uniform and run. So I asked if he took seriously his role as a soldier to fight and protect his people, he assured me he did not. He told me he just did it because he needed the money.

Meanwhile yesterday at Church I spoke on the subject of why we must love Israel. I posted the following brief posting:

“Why We Must Love Israel. This was the title of my sermon today, quite an interesting title for a sermon in Iraq. The sermon was based on Romans Chapter 11, “do not boast over the root for the root supports you”. The sermon was well received as I have been working on the issue for so long. Because Abraham is so important to us here the issue of the Yehudi and us is taken very seriously. Despite being in Iraq I love the Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, and Iraqis and G-d loves them all too.”

I received a barrage of postings from people whether they hated Israel and saw them as anti-Palestinian or they were totally for Israel. What most people failed to understand was that loving Israel was far more than love for a State – it was love for a people. Love for a people that my Lord Jesus was part of and that our salvation came from. Though can we see that we are called to love Jews and Arabs alike but that loving Israel is not an option for those of us who love Yeshuah, we have to. We must not forget the history. We as Christians have got to accept that our theology was responsible for the development of Anti-Semitism. I spent hour’s yesterday just answering questions on this subject. I am not going to answer any more. I have just written a small book on the subject called ‘The Older and Younger Brother”. It can be purchased on our website, www.frrme.org at a cost of £5.

At 2.40 am this morning I had a call from one of the security chiefs at the US Embassy here in Baghdad. Congressman Trent Franks in DC, who was very concerned about my security situation, had contacted them. He in turn had been contacted by one of our US Board members. We were with the congressman just last week, he is a good friend. The issue that was so worrying to the Embassy was that I no longer even have a badge to get into the Green Zone. I have a badge to get into the US and British Embassies but I cannot even get to them without being able to get into the Green Zone. We were able to get in until all the Badges to the Green Zone were replaced 6 months ago. So the Embassy say they will work at getting us the badge today. I really pray that this will happen today.

Added to all these problems my hearing aids got lost when the cleaner was cleaning my room. Without these I can hear very little and my work becomes really difficult. I have managed to order new ones, which my staff who are coming to Israel with me next week can hopefully take with them. I just pray that G-d will help me find the £2700 I need to buy them. No insurance is covered in Iraq so we cannot claim for things lost or stolen here.

The latest news this morning appears to be that the further advance of ISIS towards Baghdad appears to have been halted. How far they are from here varies according to who is providing the information but they appear to be 5-15 miles away and in the last 12 hours have not got closer. So we live in hope. Sorry this update is longer than usual but rather a lot is happening. We seriously need your prayer.

Love to you all,

 Canon Andrew White
Canon Andrew White

Greetings from the USA – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the USA, we have been here for the past week having a whole variety of meetings in Washington DC, mainly with US government officials relating to the nature of our work in the present crisis. It has been a very productive visit and we are sure that it will have long term results for our work both in Iraq and internationally.

One of the highlights of the trip was the meeting yesterday with Dr Casey, the Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Dr Casey is very much behind our work and hopes to come and visit us in Baghdad in the coming weeks.

Another highlight of the trip was the presentation to me yesterday of the Anne Frank Award for Religious Tolerance. This was a very major event organised by the Government of Holland, and the response from the US and Dutch governments was very positive. It was a very good event with many dignitaries present who very graciously recognised my role in peace-making in the Middle East, acknowledging the very considerable risks that I had taken. It meant a lot to me that this award was in memory of Anne Frank, a young girl who epitomises the international role in working for religious freedom having personally given her life in search for the freedom of religion.

Today I move on to a series of meetings in New York and then tomorrow fly to Dallas for more meetings and interviews on Daystar television.

Thank you for your continued support for the persecuted Christians in Iraq, what we have been able to do in relief and reconciliation has truly been outstanding and more than we ever thought was possible. I thank you sincerely for all your efforts in this regard. We will continue in our work, there are approximately 1.8 million IDPs in Iraq now and we aim to continue trying to help as much as possible. If you are able to watch Daystar television please do so, particularly on Friday and Saturday when you will be able to hear a lot more about what is happening.

With every blessing,

 Canon Andrew White
Canon Andrew White

 

Update from Canon Andrew White

What next?

My Dear Friends,

Islamic State (IS) continues its rampage through Iraq. The US air force has done its best to attack their onslaught from the sky. In particular they have targeted preventing IS from reaching the Haditha Dam. The Dam generates power for much of the country and is only 150 miles from Baghdad. Destruction of this Dam would destroy much of Baghdad and this is what the US Air force has been trying to prevent.

Iraqi society continues its daily life despite great opposition, if you move to the North of the country things remain very different. There are still hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced People who have been forced to move from Mosul and Nineveh. A large number of these people are Christians. Our work supporting these people providing relief has been huge. We have provided food, medical care, wheel chairs, baby’s cots and much more. Even though Dr Sarah and I are not there at the moment we have left resources with the various Christian denominational leaders. It is not as good as being there ourselves but it is essential that I recover from my recent illness and carry out my forth-coming trip to the USA. This will be to Washington DC and Dallas Texas, more details will follow.

Once again we want to thank all those who have contributed so generously to our emergency appeal without your help we would not have survived at this most difficult of times. Please continue praying for us and for the long-term future of all those who have had to flee Mosul/Nineveh. Though all these people have lost everything they are convinced they will never return to their former home in Nineveh/Mosul under any circumstances, so they are left as totally poverty stricken refugees in their own land.

The next stage of our campaign is going to be far more complex as we try and ascertain what is going to happen to the communities long term, none want to stay and there is not a place for them all to go. Many who fled Baghdad are now returning, so in Baghdad we are facing the problem of have so many people crowded into each home without the sufficient funds to feed the people who have fled to them. So the crisis is nowhere near over and we still need your help. We know though that with G-d’s help we will continue and still cope and move forwards and upwards. Everybody says there is no future or hope but we know that there is, We just don’t know what it is yet but soon we will.

With every blessing,

 Canon Andrew White
Andrew White

Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

As some of you may know I had to return to the UK early because I was suffering from Hepatitis B. I have just met with the doctor. He had problems finding the right Hepatologist for me to see. Then I suddenly remembered that my closest friend in life Malcolm, Josiah’s godfather, is a Consultant at Kings College Hospital, London. The top liver unit in the world. So I am going to see one of his colleagues tomorrow night. My doctor was very worried about my condition but at least I have found the right consultant thanks to Malcolm and I hope I will be on the road to recovery. The hardest thing that I am finding is having to rest. I am not very good at that even when I am feeling so ill.

Please pray that the healing hand of G-d will be upon me and that I will not infect any of those around me.

Blessings,

 Canon Andrew White

Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

This is just a short update to tell you that ever since my treatment I have been feeling increasingly ill and after my treatment I did not improve. I had further tests this morning and a full liver function tests and it was revealed that I have active Hepatitis. As a result I am going to try and get home and do not think I will be able do my forthcoming America or Canada trips I am very sorry about this. I have just got to comply with the treatment I need. I am sorry if I have let you down.

 Canon Andrew White
Andrew

IN DEPTH CRISIS TIMELINE FROM AINA NEWS

AINA News
Timeline of ISIS in Iraq
Posted 2014-07-29 15:57 GMT
(AINA) — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 10. Almost immediately thereafter it began to drive Assyrians out of Mosul and destroy Christian and non-Sunni institutions.

  • There are no Assyrians/Christians remaining in Mosul, all have fled to the north, to Alqosh, Dohuk and other Assyrian villages.
  • All Christian institutions in Mosul (churches, monasteries and cemeteries), numbering 45, have been destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered (story).
  • All non-Sunni Muslim groups in Mosul — Shabaks, Yazidis and Turkmen — have been targeted by ISIS. Most have fled.
  • Water and electricity to the Nineveh Plain have been cut off by ISIS.
  • Mosul is now governed under Sharia law.
  • 200,000 Assyrian have fled from Baghdede (Qaraqosh), Bartella, Karamles and dozens of Assyrian villages and towns in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul.
  • 150,000 Yazidis have fled from Sinjar and Zumar. 40,000 trapped on Shingal mountain. Thousands have died from exposure. Thousands have been killed by ISIS.

The following is a summary of the events that have unfolded in North Iraq.

  • August 30: 850,000 people displaced in 1 Month by ISIS (story).
  • August 30: Iraq Sunni rebels ready to fight Islamic State (story).
  • August 29: ISIS beheads Kurdish fighter (story).
  • August 29: Kurdish fighters recapture 7 villages in North Iraq (story).
  • August 27: Syriac Patriarch calls Islamic State actions ‘attempted genocide’ (story).
  • August 27: Iraqi Christians weigh taking up arms against the Islamic State (story).
  • August 26: UN Commission urges UN peacekeeping force for Nineveh Plain in North Iraq (story).
  • August 25: U.N. human rights chief condemns Islamic State crimes in Iraq (story).
  • August 25: Kurds advance on ISIS in Iraq (story).
  • August 25: ISIS abduct 3 year-old Assyrian girl from fleeing family; 3 starve to death (story).
  • August 22: Iraq voids real estate sales in ISIS controlled areas (story).
  • August 21: ISIS loots Assyrian homes, vandalizes churches in Mosul (story).
  • August 20: Helicopters drop leaflets over Mosul urging residents to fight ISIS (story).
  • August 20: Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs visit North Iraq in Solidarity with Christians (story).
  • August 20: Pictures show aftermath of ISIS looting, plundering Assyrian town (story).
  • August 20: ISIS halt Iraqi offensive to recapture Saddam’s home town (story).
  • August 19: UN launches new aid effort in north Iraq; Mosul dam recaptured (story).
  • August 18: ISIS forcefully circumcises Assyrian Christian men in Mosul, sells 700 Yazidi women (story).
  • August 18: ISIS kills more than 200 Yazidi men in the village of Kojo (story).
  • August 17: Kurdish militants train hundreds of Yazidis to fight ISIS (story).
  • August 17: Kurdish forces capture Telsqof, advance towards Mosul Dam (story).
  • August 14: ISIS orders all former Assyrian church guards to surrender their weapons (story).
  • August 13: ISIS forces child patients at the cancer hospital in Mosul to hold ISIS flags and then photographed them for propaganda purposes. ISIS completely loots and plunders all homes in the the Assyrian Christian towns of Telsqof and Bashiqa. 100,000 Yazidi refugees are now in the town of Khanak without food, water or shelter (story).
  • August 11: ISIS orders all families in Mosul to obtain approval before burying their dead. ISIS provides gasoline to Assyrians in Nineveh Plain to facilitate their departure. ISIS continues kidnapping women, with female ISIS members helping (story). Iraqi general says 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead (story).
  • August 9: ISIS forces all women in Mosul to wear the veil, including the full head cover. ISIS establishes black markets for goods to raise funds. (story).
  • August 8: Iraqi Parliament passes resolution accusing ISIS of genocide (story).
  • August 8: ISIS captures Baghdede Bartella and Karamlis and moves north into the Nineveh Plain, causing 200,000 Assyrians to flee their towns and villages (story).
  • August 7: Assyrian Patriarch Pleads to the United Nations on Crisis in Iraq (story).
  • August 6: Kurds and ISIS clash outside Baghdede; ISIS begins using Yazidis as human shields; All the Assyrians from the villages of Bartella, Bashiqa, Bahzany, Tel Kepe, Batnaya and Telsqof flee (story).
  • August 5: ISIS shells assyrian town, 1 killed; Yazidis in desperate state (story).
  • August 4: Leader of Iraq’s Yazidis issues distress call, appeals for help against ISIS (story).
  • August 4: Assyrians flee as ISIS approaches Assyrian villages in the Nineveh Plain (story).
  • August 2: ISIS Captures Yazidi towns, kills 2,000 Yazidis, causes 200,000 to flee (story).
  • August 2: ISIS loots 8 million dollars from Assyrian farms (story).
  • July 29: ISIS destroys or occupies all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul (story).
  • July 25: ISIS destroys the tomb of the Prophet Jonah (story).
  • July 22: ISIS and Kurds clash near Assyrian town, 2000 Assyrian families driven from Mosul (story).
  • July 19: ISIS plunders Assyrians as they Flee Mosul; families march 42 miles (story).
  • July 18: ISIS in Mosul marks Christian homes with the Arabic letter “N” (for the word Nasrani, which means Christian) (story).
  • July 17: ISIS issues statement ordering Christians to convert or die (story).
  • July 15: ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul (story).
  • July 10: ISIS bars women from walking the streets unless accompanied by a male. Nearly all barber shops and womens’ salons are closed (story).
  • July 8: ISIS Removes Cross From Church in Mosul (story).
  • July 3: ISIS seizes the house of the Chaldean Patriarchate and the house of Dr. Tobia, a member of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization and an Advisor to the Governor of Nineveh on Minority Affairs and General Coordinator with International Organizations (story).
  • June 28: ISIS kidnaps two nuns and three Assyrian orphans. They are eventually released (story).
  • ISIS begins confiscating the homes of Christians and non-Sunni Muslims. ISIS rounds up many of the security agency members of the police and army in Sabrine Mosque and asks them to declare “repentance” and surrender their weapons and other military equipment. After doing so, all of the prisoners are tried and sentenced according to Sharia law and executed. ISIS has prevented delivery of government food rations to Tel Kepe and other areas not under their control (story).
  • June 26: Kurds Clash With ISIS Near Assyrian Town East of Mosul, forcing nearly 50,000 Assyrians to flee (story).
  • June 25: ISIS limits water from the plants in Mosul to one hour per day. Residents in surrounding areas are forced to dig wells (story).
  • June 23: ISIS Rape Christian Mother and Daughter, Kill 4 Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil (story).
  • June 21: ISIS begins imposing a poll tax (jizya) on Assyrians in Mosul (story), orders unmarried women to ‘Jihad by sex’ (story), destroys the statue of the Virgin Mary at the Immaculate Church of the Highest in the neighborhood of AlShafa in Mosul, as well as the statue of Mullah Osman Al-Musali. Shiite Turkmen in the villages of AlKibba and Shraikhan flee after receiving threats from ISIS. ISIS arrests 25 village elders and young men who are Turkmen in the village of AlShamsiyat; their whereabouts is still unknown. (story) ISIS orders Christian, Yazidis and Shiite government employees not to report for work in Mosul (story).
  • June 19: ISIS destroys statue of the famous Arab poet Abu Tammam (story).
  • June 18: ISIS Cuts Off Water, Electricity, Destroys Churches (story).
  • June 15: Kurds attempt to remove an Assyrian council leader in Alqosh and replace him with a Kurd (story).
  • June 14: Assyrian, Yezidi and Shabak Villages come under Kurdish Control (story).
  • June 12: ISIS issues Islamic rules for Mosul (story).
  • June 10: ISIS captures Mosul, occupies the Assyrian village of Qaraqosh, enters the St. Behnam Monastery, bombs an Armenian church (story).
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Update from Iraq – Canon Andrew White

My Dear Friends,

How I long to be able to tell you positive things here. So for a moment I will not tell you the negatives. This is the week of our children’s first communion, it is one of the biggest events in the churches year. Each day the children come for several hours of intense study. There is such excitement. Yesterday as I sat down with the children I asked them why they were so excited. They basically said that when they were baptised their parents had promised that they would follow Yesua but now they have decided themselves. I was able to give each of the children a mega-voice solar powered bible, we have had many donated to us from “Leading the Way” in Australia and Northern Ireland. These bibles have been such a cause for joy amongst us, some are also going to be given to the people in the North who have had to flee leaving everything including their Bibles. So amongst the devastation there has indeed been the joy of our Lord.

Meanwhile we always think that things cannot get worse but they continue to. Dr Sarah is in the north with a good team of people we have got there doing so much of the relief work with the huge numbers of displaced people – Christians, Yazidees and others. I think that it is wonderful that the person heading up our work amongst those fleeing the Islamic State is in fact a Muslim helping the Christians.

One thing that has caused us great distress in our work is that there are all sorts of Christian groups turning up here going to the camps, taking pictures, asking the camp managers what is needed but delivering nothing. All the authorities are saying to Dr Sarah that she is the only one that helps them. This is the sad reality we have not seen other on the ground bring real help. UNHCR is now on the ground providing basic tents and food but there is so much more we have had to do. Provision of wheel chairs, babies cots, nappies and medicines to name but a few of the many things we are providing. Yesterday I heard an account from one of our people who used to be here with us. He is disabled and was not able to flee with everybody else so he hid with his children. Eventually the Islamic State broke into the house they lined up the children and said that unless he converted to Islam they would all have their heads chopped off. He said the words of conversion and they allowed him and his children to live but made them stay. He cried on the phone to me “Abouna Abouna I still love YESUA, will he still love me and my children?” I assured him that He did and that he still was a Christian and belonged to Yesua. I thought what would I have done if my boys were going to be killed in front of me?

Meanwhile I am just about to have my stem cell treatment. I was so unwell yesterday I could hardly walk. I am feeling much better today and have done my prep for the treatment. I thought I had done everything then I spoke to Dawood in Canada who wanted to know if I had had my neupegen injection and I had forgotten all about that. So our clinic manager rushed out to get it so now I am ready and just waiting a couple of hours for the treatment to work. Please pray for it. Could I also ask your prayers for us to get our passes for the Green Zone. Now that the prime minister has changed we do not have the high government connections to get the badge so we are still having to pay three hundred US$’s every time we need to enter so this is a mega problem.

With every blessing from Baghdad,

 Canon Andrew White

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