All the news from Iraq is not bad. A war is going on just miles from our Church in Kurdistan but Worshippers still gather in faith and hope and after service celebrate one of the kids birthday. Not so very different from home is it?
A significant impact is being made in Iraq in the city of Duhok as PCI Pastor Layth Ibrahim and team reach out to the thousands of refugees in the area. There are 420 families taking shelter in Duhok’s school buildings. These families are now being supplied with food and basic necessities to help them survive until more permanent solutions can be found. Most of these families are Yezedi Kurds. Pastor Layth has been sharing the Gospel with them and some have already visited his Church and expressed the desire to know more.
We’re making a difference and there’s going to be a victory on the other side of this crisis. This is our hour, please continue to partner with us,
Pastor Layth Ibrahim shares his vision for our church in Kurdistan. While millions are displaced from their homes or are trying to get out of the Middle East altogether, Layth and his family are standing strong on their faith and see a great opportunity for the future of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. His dream of a multi-purpose Worship Center is to maximize the churches use.
Local House of Worship
International Church Planting/Discipleship Training and Conference Center
Medical Clinic and Refugee Counseling Center
Emergency Shelter, Storehouse and Outreach Staging
All of this and more have in mind the ongoing regional conflict and ministering to the needs of its victims. This problem isn’t going to just go away. Rather that run from these things or give up in despair, we see a strong Kurdistan emerging as a place of refuge for masses of uprooted people. MAN’S EXTREMITY IS GOD’S OPPORTUNITY.
Kurdistan of Iraq is a safe haven for Christian, Yezedi and Syrian refugees. These have fled the unimaginable brutality of the radical ISIS Islamic forces who’ve swept over much of Iraq. This burgeoning influx of so many refugees has placed an unbelievable strain on the infrastructure of the autonomous Kurdish region; now with over ONE MILLION REFUGEES within its borders. Every school, church, government facility and construction site has been utilized to shelter these persecuted people fleeing for their lives. THIS IS REAL, VERY REAL! It’s a reality that our people living in Kurdistan must face every day. The need is overwhelming.
People are actually living in unfinished construction sites, on the streets or any available space in public buildings. PCCF Pastor Layth Ibrahim has rallied to the challenge to do our part to bring relief. So far he has been able to help a large number of Christian and Yezedi families who’ve been hardest hit by this invasion.
Recently Pastor Layth delivered food and supplies to 25 Christian Refugee families sheltering in a school building in a small rural village. This last week he and his people ministered to the needs of Yezedi families throughout the city.
This current situation in Iraq is a great tragedy … But it’s also a great opportunity! Out of the Chaos of war and death due to wicked men and their selfish agendas; GOD is working HIS plans for good. This will become more apparent in the months to come. The enemy has sought to eradicate Christianity from the Middle East but in trying to do so, GOD has given us an unprecedented opportunity to establish a stronghold in what I believe will soon become a free nation … KURDISTAN.
As a Missionary Endeavor we’re only limited by the response of those who back us.
“…the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Daniel 9:25)
While others may see only the massive turmoil going on in Syria and Iraq, we see things through a different lens, that of God’s Word. Before I write further I’d like to remind my readers that our team is, “Right in the thick of it.” The fighting has come within mere miles of the Kurdistan boarder. There are now a MILLION REFUGEES within our borders. These include Syrians and Iraqis, Christians, Muslims and Yezedies. Religiously, these people are traditionalists. The violence and almost unimaginable brutality they’ve witnessed at the hands of the ISIS Forces have shaken their world. Most were forced out of their homes with no more than the clothes on their backs. Far too many have witnessed the savage killing of family, friends or neighbors. These uprooted people are, in this crisis hour, very open, pliable and willing to listen to the Message of Jesus Christ. While others are proclaiming the extinction of Christianity in the M.E. we are declaring its rebirth.
“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” (Isaiah 54:1-3)
While the Secular World may mock such optimism and view our efforts as a futile and hopeless task, our hope is that you, our brethren, our fellow believers, see the merit and promise of what we are doing. Historically, the greatest awakening and moving of God’s Spirit have emerged from the darkest of times.
We believe we have the mind of God, that we are on the literal cusp of the fulfillment of ancient prophecy and a resultant great harvest of souls. We are building a house because we need a house to accommodate that which we see coming … It’s not just coming, it’s already begun!
The Multipurpose Worship Center we are building will serve first and primarily as the House of God, the Gospel will be preached and Christ will be worshipped. It will also serve as a House of Refuge for those in need. It will be our hub and staging center to work with our huge body of refugees (who are going nowhere for the foreseeable future); here they may come for practical aid for themselves and their families as well as for guidance and counseling as they seek to integrate into their new world. We intend to supply shelter and a field clinic as well. Our Center will also be used as a Middle Eastern training facility and Conference Center for Pastors and Workers who will come from the surrounding nations. It’s a big vision but it’s one we have confidence that will work … “This is the LORD’S doing and it’s marvelous in our sight.” (Psalms 118:23)
I want to challenge you, you who believe with us, to help us accomplish this vision of a strong and lasting Christian presence in Kurdistan and the Middle East.
TOGETHER WE CAN, TOGETHER WE WILL!
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