Baghdad Bombings

Dear Friends,

On Friday the RSO (Regional Security Officer) for the US Embassy in Baghdad came to visit St. George’s. This was a wonderful experience as both he and his colleague Dean are regular attendees of the US Embassy Chapel service on Saturday mornings. They were able to have a meeting where they asked him to join the Security Council at the US Embassy and then attend the youth service that occurs on Friday nights. This was a great opportunity for members of the US Embassy Chapel to see first hand the community that they pray for and support. It was a good opportunity for both St. George’s and the Embassy Chapel to come together as one body.

Going from the joy of Friday we come to a day like yesterday, filled with tragedy. Yesterday there were multiple car bomb attacks all over the country. So far news agencies are not sure how many people have been killed, but the low number is 35, with some saying as many as 90 are dead and around 100 wounded. These appeared to be coordinated attacks throughout the country. Please pray for everyone affected by this terrible violence. Despite what is happening, G-d is in control. We recognize that joy and sadness in quick succession often characterize Christian life, but G-d is our wellspring of Hope, and our brothers and sisters around the world are an integral part of our support team, so we ask everyone to pray for this situation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19776555
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/30/us-iraq-securityviolence-idUSBRE88T03420120930
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201293065456319209.html

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

Andrew

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One of the worst days of violence in Iraq…

Dear Friends,

On Sunday we saw one of the worst days of violence in Iraq for many months with well over 100 killed throughout Iraq. The attacks happened from the North to the South with many in Baghdad.

Amongst these attacks I returned yesterday to my beloved Iraq. Please pray for me and my new Iraqi project officer Paul White as he comes to Iraq for his first time. Below is a recent report sent from a friend at the US Embassy in Baghdad. read on

The terrible bomb blast – but they are all alive!

Dear Friends,

We are used to bad days, but today has been in a different league. Central to our work and ministry here are our children. One of the biggest services of the year is when some of our children have their First Communion. This service takes place at the end of August. The children prepare everyday with about two hours of teaching. They all come to church in our bus and are then taken home.

As they were on their way home today, they were caught up in a major bomb. The bus was not too badly damaged and it continued its journey. All of the children started singing the Lord’s Prayer. As they were in the midst of their prayer a huge bomb exploded. All the glass of the windows shattered, people fell to the floor injured and one of the teachers was in a very bad way. They were all taken to hospital, but were all discharged as none of them had life threatening illnesses. In a normal country there is no way that some of the teachers would have been discharged. One person was hardly breathing and in profound shock. She was brought to the church and I looked after her until she was more stable. Only then could I leave to visit all the children.

It was wonderful seeing all the children, despite their injuries they were all smiling. Their parents however were not, some were in floods of tears on learning what happened. The fact is that today was miraculous. When you see the state of the bus it is simply a major miracle that nobody died or was more seriously injured. The children knew quite clearly why, they just kept telling me that they were alright because they were praying and G-d was with them. And He was.

Many tears were shed and there are huge things still to do as well as people who still need treatment. Please pray for us as we try and recover from another trauma.

Grace, Peace and Blessings,
Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

Andrew

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URGENT – suffer the little children

We really need your prayers, urgently.

We were just taking the children home from their first communion class when a bomb exploded, then another bomb. There have been nine bombs this morning.

They will not let anybody in the hospital so I am now back at the church. We are told nobody has died, just injuries.

Please be praying for the children and that we can we help them all and their families through this.

Bombings in Baghdad - 31 July 2012 - Picture: Al Hassan H Fahmi

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

Andrew

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The worst terror in 3 years

Dear Friends,

I apologize for not having sent an email update recently, we have had multiple problems. First my Apple computer totally broke and stopped working. There are no Apple Stores in Iraq. They managed to repair it in part, but it no longer can be copied. This is a problem when you transfer emails between Facebook and my email list which is run by my UK Office staff. Many of them are at New Wine and so are not able to perform as many office tasks. Despite these problems this was nothing as regards what was to happen.

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A Morning of Death and Carnage

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At last I am back in Baghdad where I really feel I belong. This morning we have sadly seen total and utter carnage. Today is a major Shia festival and there have already been at least eight major bomb attacks in Baghdad and Babylon.

Over 100 people have already been killed and most of Iraq has been placed under curfew. The tragedies of today remind us that our work here is far from over. The media are hardly here nowadays, so there is very little news about Iraq since the media were targeted and many killed. Meanwhile next door in Syria the tragedy is beyond words.

Arriving back in the clinic I found many patients wishing for treatment and I’m sure the recent surge in attacks will only add to this. If you wish to support our work by donating to the clinic at St George’s, you can do so here.

Despite all the tragedy of today, the Lord is still here in His glory and we know that great things will still happen here.

 

 

With every blessing from Baghdad,

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

Andrew

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