Sponsored Cycle for Iraq

Our Office Manager, Fiona Bunn, is taking part in a sponsored charity cycle to raise money for our Iraq appeal following the recent crisis. Fiona will be cycling the Petersfield Ups And Downs on 13th July 2014  - a charity cycle ride up, over and through the South Downs National Park around Petersfield.

Here is what she has to say:

“Hello,

I’m taking part in the PUAD: Petersfield Ups and Downs 2014 on 13/07/2014 to raise money for The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East and I’d really appreciate your support.

Donating to my JustGiving page is easy – just follow this link and click Donate:

http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Fi-Bunn

JustGiving sends your donation straight to The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East so it’s a quick and safe way to donate.

Thank you,

Fi”

Please offer Fiona your support!

Media Summary 26 June 2014

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features news on developments in the current crisis, and reports from Mosul and the Christian minority.

Al Jazeera: Iraq’s Maliki rules out emergency government

BBC: Iraq toll ‘more than 1,000 in June’

Niqash: Interview with Ninewa’s council head: ‘ISIS has opened a mosque for repentance’

Al Monitor: Iraq’s ‘Sunni’ rebellion shows splits between ISIS and others

AINA: Christians and Other Non-Muslims of the Middle East Face Extinction

Iraq Crisis: Canon White interview with Colson Center

Canon Andrew White was interviewed by the Colson Center about the current crisis facing Iraq and its impact on the Christian community there. Canon White was recently awarded the William Wilberforce Award by the Colson Center in recognition of his outstanding service to Christianity internationally and his service to the Middle East. The interview can be viewed below.

If you would like to donate to support our emergency appeal, please go to http://frrme.org/get-involved/donate/

 

Media Summary 19 June 2014

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features news of the ongoing crisis in Iraq.

BBC: Iraq conflict: US deploys 275 ‘military personnel’

BBC: Iraq conflict: clashes on approaches to Baghdad

Al-Monitor: Sistani stresses need for unity over sectarianism in battle for Iraq

BBC: Iraq crisis: President Obama can ‘bypass Congress’

Al Jazeera: Iraq claims making gains against ISIL rebels

Media Summary 12 June 2014

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue  features news on ISIS/ISIL advances in Iraq.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraqi Kurds ‘fully control Kirkuk’ as army flees

Al Jazeera: Iraq’s Maliki ‘appealed for US air strikes’

Al Jazeera: ISIL: Rising power in Iraq and Syria

BBC: Iraq crisis: Islamists force 500,000 to flee Mosul

Al-Monitor: ISIS weighs approach on Baghdad

News Update from Iraq

Iraq has seen a further deterioration in security this week with militant groups taking control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, in the province of Ninevah in northern Iraq. The takeover was similar to that of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province in December/January. These events come at a time when Iraq is still in the process of forming a new government following elections at the end of April.

These events do not directly impact our work in Baghdad, but we ask that you would remember Iraq in your prayers:

  • That a new government would be formed that is able to bring stability
  • For those fleeing Mosul at this time
  • For the Christian community in Ninevah

For more information on this week’s events, please follow the links below:

BBC: Iraq militants control second city of Mosul

Rudaw: Fighting and chaos in Mosul as insurgents seize airport, Governor’s Office

David Post’s Baghdad Talks – June/July 2014

 

DP Cycle

Recently, David Post – also known as the Cycling Vicar – visited St George’s Church in Baghdad. Since returning he has been giving a series of talks to share about his visit and the work of FRRME. Here is what David has to say:

“Following my visit to St. George’s Church in Baghdad in October 2013, I have been planning a series of cycling/speaking tours for 2014, so that I can share, with as many as possible, what I have seen and experienced of the life, worship and work of this amazing Church and its Vicar, Canon Andrew White. I am hoping to encourage many to commit themselves to support all that is done through Andrew and St. George’s, by regular prayer, and by regular giving to FRRME. Visitors will always be welcome at any of these gatherings.”

The dates for June are as follows:

Monday 16 June, 7:30pm – St Helen’s Church, Wheldrake (near York)

Tuesday 17 June – possible college meeting in Aberdeen (TBC)

Wednesday 18 June, 7:30pm, St Brenan’s Church Hall, Whitehills (near Banff)

Thursday 19 June, 7:30pm, Combined Churches Meeting at Rothiemurchus Church (near Aviemore)

Friday 20 June, 7:30pm, Combined Churches Meeting at Dingwall Free Church

Saturday 21 June, 7:30pm, St Finnbarr’s Social Club, Dornoch 

Sunday 22 June, 7:00pm, Dornoch Cathedral “Spotlight on Baghdad”

Monday 23 June, 7:30pm, Open Meeting at Firth Church, Finstown, Orkney

Tuesday 24 June, 11:30am-12:30pm, “Spotlight” and soup lunch, Kirkwall Life Centre, Orkney

Wednesday 25 June, 7:30pm, Open Meeting at Stromness Church of Scotland (BS Group)

Thursday 26 June, possible meeting in Inverness (TBC)

Friday 27 June, 7:30pm, Perth Area Churches Together, “Spotlight on Baghdad,” St Ninian’s Cathedral Chapter House

Sunday 29 June, 10:30am, Holy Communion and “Spotlight” at St John’s, Flixton, Manchester

The dates for July are as follows:

Tuesday 8 July, 10:30am, Pastor’s Meeting, Speke, Liverpool (Venue TBC)

Tuesday 8 July, 7:30pm, St James’ Church, Westhead (near Ormskirk, Lanc.)

Wednesday 9 July, 7:30pm, St James’ Church, Birkdale (near Southport)

Thursday 10 July, 7:30pm, St Peter’s Church, Heversham, near Kendal

Friday 11 July, 7:30pm, St Herbert’s Church Hall, Braithwaite (near Keswick)

Sunday 13 July, 10:15 am, St Herbert’s Church, Braithwaite (near Keswick)

Monday 14 July, 2:00pm, “Spotlight” at St Herbert’s Church, Braithwaite (near Keswick) – conventioners welcome

Thursday 24 July, 9:15am, “Spotlight” (part II) at Wragby Church Breakfast (near Lincoln)

Media Summary 5 June 2014

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features news on increased violence in Iraq following elections at the end of April.

Al Jazeera: Deadly attacks and shelling hit Iraq

Al Jazeera: UN: May deadliest month in 2014 for Iraq

Daily Star: Rai to press for release of former Iraqi minister

Al-Monitor: Malaki’s call for unity conference in Anbar may be too late

NINA: Al-Hakim: Sincere dialogue among the national powers of all components can achieve a government reassuring for all

Media Summary 30 May 2014

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features news on continued violence as negotiations take place on the formation of a new government.

Al-Monitor: Iraqi Yazidis push to end ‘devil worship’ stereotype

Al-Monitor: Iraqis’ epidemic of mental illness

Daily Star: Death toll from wave of Iraq attacks rises to 74

Niqash: Will Iraqi PM’s opponents play post-sectarian politics – just to get rid of him?

Al-Monitor: Sunni, Shiite scholars attempt to ease Iraqi political conflicts

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Insights from Paul White, Canon Andrew's Project Officer in Baghdad
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