With temperatures in the region of 40C/100F, Iraq is in a terrible way, both politically and economically. The parliament has not been meeting, there are violent protests in Baghdad, and the oil revenue is starting to dry up. Despite this, we are still working on the front line. Yesterday, Dr Sarah Ahmed, FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, gave out 25 kg bags of flour to over 1,000 Iraqi IDP families in Erbil, Northern Iraq.
While the so-called Islamic State is no longer recruiting the large number of overseas fighters that it was, it still maintains its strength. This week, they blew up the famous “Clock Church” in Mosul, one of the most iconic churches in the Middle East. Click on the image below to read Breitbart’s news story about this:
As I have been saying for a long while, it is as if we are entering a third world war. However, despite the bad news in Iraq, I was heartened to spend Passover in Jerusalem on my way back to Jordan.
Being back in Jordan this week has given me hope. The 500 Iraqi refugee families we are helping there are, thanks to your continued support, doing well. Below is a group photo we took yesterday (I am in the middle at the front). It is always great being back in Jordan with out brothers and sisters in Christ.
I will shortly be visiting the West Bank for a very special project. I will let you know more about this in my next update.
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Grace and Peace,
Emeritus Vicar of Baghdad