The illuminated cross of St George's Church, Baghdad

Lent Week 7: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled

When I visited St George’s, Baghdad last month I found a church which actively demonstrates the above verse. They face many challenges, including living under armed protection because of the ongoing threat to Christians from terrorists who want to drive them from Iraq. St George’s is reaching out to the whole community. The church provides a medical clinic for people of all faiths and a wonderful kindergarten which has mainly Muslim children attending. We are the main funder of the medical clinic which has hundreds of patients every month. I was also deeply impressed by the grace, love and humility of Rev Faiz Jerjees, the Chaplain of St George’s. He has sent this message to our supporters (see below).

Mike Simpson, CEO

Revd Faiz Jerjees, Chaplain of St George's Church

Love and blessings to you on the occasion of Christ’s Resurrection

Thank you all those who provided funds and offered prayers for the Christians of Iraq and to Iraq in general, which has suffered and continues to suffer from wars, ignorance, poverty and disease, which have caused us to lose the most basic elements of a decent life.

Our people recall these words from John 16:2 “… a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” We live in the reality of this verse, but the grace of our Lord Jesus has granted us brothers and sisters living in Britain and around the world who look on us, take care of us, feel with us, and share our suffering in their prayers.

May God bless your faith and life and that you always enjoy peace and the love of God. Forever.

Revd Faiz Jerjees,

Chaplain of St George’s Church, Baghdad

Given the threat to Christians, armed sentries guard the church during every service (face not shown to protect identity)

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If you would like to support our work, please visit the donate page on our website (there are numerous options for how to donate) or send us a cheque made out to ‘FRRME‘ to: FRRME, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 9DL, United Kingdom.

Thank you.