This week’s email is an invitation for you to pray for all at St George’s in Baghdad, because they are facing some serious challenges.

Above: The reception area at St George’s Clinic before the pandemic

Here in the UK the number of new Coronavirus cases each day is falling, as are the deaths related to the virus. In Iraq the reverse is true. There are around 2,000 new diagnosed cases each day in Iraq at present. Most observers believe that the true number is much higher. There is a stigma around illness in some communities and this is thought to lead to a lot of under-reporting.

The capital Baghdad has the most new cases. This is causing grave concern amongst those we support at St George’s Anglican Church in the heart of the city. We are the funders of the medical clinic at St George’s which before the pandemic was treating nearly 2,000 patients each month. All the work in the St George’s compound comes under the auspices of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. This includes a Kindergarten and a Primary School which are funded by others.

Above: Some of the St George’s medical clinic team pictured earlier this year

Last week we received the worrying news that one of the Doctors at the clinic has been infected with the Coronavirus and at least one of the staff of the church has also tested positive. They both went into quarantine of course. Once again this demonstrates the risks which front-line medics work under in the current health crisis.

Here is an extract from the message we received from the church last week:

‘We bought new sanitising unit that will be used for everyone entering the clinic. It will help to reduce exposure to virus in case of anyone carried the virus while he is not tested yet. The clinic is dealing with some Covid cases that is simple. We refer advanced cases to hospitals.’

Please pray for all at St George’s at this difficult and challenging time.

Prayer Guide

  • Please pray for God’s protection over all those who work at St George’s Clinic
  • Pray for the leadership of St George’s – Rev’d. Canon Faez Jirjees and the Clinic Manager Dhouher in particular
  • Pray that they may have wisdom as to how they manage this situation and care for those who come to the church for help
  • Pray for the Diocese in their decision-making and pastoral support
  • Pray for the government of Iraq and particularly for those who work in the department of health
  • Pray for the congregation of St George’s, some of whom are naturally concerned about attending the church
  • Pray for the Christian ministry and witness of St George’s which has been called ‘an oasis of Grace in a troubled land’