For our weekly update this week, Rev Faez Jirjees has recorded a Pre-Christmas message of thanks and appreciation. Thank you for all the support you have given to St George’s this year.
Sunday Services Resume at St George’s
We are pleased to tell you that Sunday Services have now resumed at St George’s Church, Baghdad. This is despite the ongoing situation in Baghdad. Sadly, more violence continues to erupt around the protests (BBC), with only days left for the government to choose a replacement prime minister (Al Jazeera).
As many of you know, the church is the only Anglican church in Iraq. All the work of St George’s comes under the auspices of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. St George’s the cornerstone of FRRME’s work in Iraq.
Today the church is ministered by the Revd Faez Jirjees and serves a congregation of over three hundred. With your support, we are assisting these and many more in the local community there. Faez and the team are also deeply engaged in reconciliation work. The new British Ambassador recently visited St George’s, attending a service and connecting with the team.
Praise God for this good news. Please also join with us as we continue to pray for the unrest in the country surrounding these protests.
At St George’s we met Saad. He is just one of many displaced who has found a home-from-home there. Here is a snippet of his story.
Before ISIS was formed, a tragic and awful killing occurred in Mosul, Northern Iraq. After days missing, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul was found brutally murdered in a shallow grave. In the months following many thousands fled the region in terror.
Saad, a Christian, was one of those who fled. He made his way south to Baghdad hoping that things would be better. Saad told us: “Life in Baghdad was tough at first. It was hard to get around due to the large number of explosions. The roads were often closed. It was difficult to move from place to place.”
Since fleeing Mosul, Saad has been strengthened by his Christian faith. He regularly attends the Sunday service at St George’s and speaks warmly of the church and the positive impact it continues to have on his life:
“St George’s embraced me after I came here from Mosul. I ask The Lord to bless the church every day and give me the strength to serve Him. Thank you to my brothers and sisters in Christ who help fund the church. I pray for you every day. May God bless you, bless your works and bless your homes.”
The church is truly an oasis of grace in a land riven by sectarianism.
Video Message Direct from Rev Faez Jirjees
We add our thanks to you, our supporters, for your prayers and financial support. The life-giving work of St George’s Church could not happen without your help.
Please help us to restore hope to Iraqi families this Christmas
You can make a donation via our donate page (there are numerous options for how to donate). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque made out to ‘FRRME’ to: FRRME, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 9DL, United Kingdom. American supporters wishing to make a donation can do so here.