Coronavirus Hits Kurdistan

Airborne infectious viruses.

Mandatory Closure Of All Churches & Mosques

Fear is a powerful thing, and this latest virus threat has gripped the whole earth, it seems. I just received a notice from Pastor Layth that the Kurdistan Regional Government is taking precautions to prevent an epidemic by the closure of all public gatherings; this includes Churches and Mosques. As far as I know, this is an unprecedented action.

It started with a case of Coronavirus in Sulemania on the other side of Kurdistan, near the Iran border. There’s been no sign of it spreading, but the K.R.G. is taking no chances. Businesses are being closed, schools, all but the most essential gatherings. Pastor Layth told me that the Streets of Duhok are deserted. If I heard him correctly, Kurdistan has closed its borders, and the Capitol city of Erbil has put restrictions on travel there as well. The economic impact on the region is going to be considerable.

I read a report on the virus by the World Health Organization, which stated that 80 percent of those who contract the virus will recover with no medical attention at all; that its main danger is too small children, the elderly, and those affected with ill health. According to the W.H.O., the symptoms are milder than many of the flu viruses already out there. If this is true, one wonders at the reactions and the press this is getting. Perhaps it’s too early to tell what the impact of this virus will be on health, but the Fear of it is costing millions and throwing whole regions of the world into a meltdown of Fear and social paralysis. Before it’s said and done, it may prove that the Fear of the disease did more damage than the disease itself.

Nothing has ever caused us to close the doors of our church until now, not the insurgency, ISIS, the war in Syria, or other troubles foreign or domestic. What those forces couldn’t do has been accomplished by Fear. We’ve seen similar actions here in Seattle. Armed police guards were turning people away from the hospital if they had a cough or exhibited any apparent viral infections. Ignorant me! And here I always thought that the hospital was where sick people were supposed to go for help.

Pastor Layth has returned from Upper Egypt because of this closure of our church is dealing with the situation and holding up the morale of our people by broadcasting services via Facebook Live and organizing small home meetings until the crisis is past. Our team in Iraq has taken on this current challenge with both skill and ingenuity. Thank GOD for dedicated men and women who know how to respond in every crisis the region can throw at its people.

This situation is going to affect the already economically challenged region with even more hardship. I ask you to pray for the work in Kurdistan and our people. Please continue to help us with your support. We serve the GOD who works all things together for our good not the spirit of Fear. Somehow all this will work toward an ongoing victory in the Middle East.

Thank You!

Jack Harris, PC Global Network

Jack Harris Ministries https://jhmin.com/donate

New PC Church In Egypt!

Revival Explosion in Upper Egypt

While in Cairo, Egypt, finishing his Master’s degree, Pastor Layth Ibrahim of Praise Chapel, Duhok, N. Iraq, met a man from Al Qusiyah in Upper Egypt. His name is Rezek; he was excited about what pastor Layth was sharing with him, concerning our vision for evangelism and revival in the Middle East. He said, Could you take some time to come to Al Qusiyah, I’d like to show you something there that I think you’d be very interested in seeing. Layth’s response was an immediate yes. When their business in Cairo finished, they left for Al Qusiyah.

Rezek and Ne’ ama, his wife, both work for the Egyptian Government. They’d started a small group in their city that suddenly blossomed into a genuine revival and an explosion of growth. Soon they had to rent two apartments in an old apartment building and had to remodel and join them to accommodate what God was doing. 

They’d been running the work with their own limited personal finances and were feeling the weight of the burden. They felt they were about as far as they could go by themselves. Then they met Layth.

Pastor Layth preached for them while he was there, and this ended in an invitation to come in and help them, which he accepted. They’ve since been working together back and forth between Egypt and Iraq with continued success.

Layth and Ilham are on their way this month to Al Qusiyah to work with the church there. They’ll stay there for one month at a time and then return to their church in Duhok. The plan is for them to travel back and forth to Egypt to establish this new Church in Al Qusiyah while Pastor Raad and his wife watch over the main church in Duhok and the new baby church in Zakho.

Rezek and Ne’ ama liked what we bring to the table. They and their people decided to become a part of PCglobal, making this our first Church Plant in Egypt. 

I want to be clear; our help was not contingent on this decision to join us, we’d have gladly helped anyway, but they’ve decided that they’d like to partner with PCglobal to reach all of Egypt. The revival here is unprecedented; this is the REAL THING!

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SPECIAL REPORT

Download your complimentary copy of our September, 2019 Special Report “Kurdistan Of Iraq” in printable PDF Format; I think you’ll find it an interesting & informative read.

  • A Brief Look Back To Beginnings
  • New Middle Eastern Cultural Phenomena
  • Having A Correct Prophetic Perspective
  • There & Back: A New Church Plant In Zakho
  • Our Northern Iraq Ministry Team
  • PC Conference In San Diego: Big Things Are Afoot

Children’s School Packs For Upper Egypt

POVERTY’S REALITY IN EGYPT

  • Egyptians living in extreme poverty has risen to 32.5 percent.
  • Those earning less $1.3 a day are considered to be living under the poverty line.
  • The highest percentage of Egyptians living in poverty are living in Upper Egypt

The Children of these Villages are mixed; Christians and Muslims; a large number of these kids are orphaned. Having lost both parents most now live with their surviving relatives, an added burden on families already strained by extreme poverty. Some have fathers who can no longer work because of sickness or disabilities. 

To attend school, families need to provide for each child’s school materials.

Included in this outreach are the children of Pastors laboring in the area; these pastors are very poor but are working hard for the Lord and His Kingdom. Our help for they and their children is a great blessing.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

A SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE BY JACK HARRIS

I The Lord Your GOD am a jealous GOD, MY glory will I not give to another.

(Exodus 20:5 & Isaiah 42:8)

I don’t believe for a moment that the Almighty GOD has an ego problem or that HE is the least bit insecure. The Bible is written in human language, with very human concepts to help us understand the nature of spiritual things which are otherwise hard to articulate or wrap our brains around.

GOD’s Glory is something we as morals cannot handle without it corrupting our nature. I sincerely believe this is the message and meaning of the scripture. Something very ugly manifests when we attempt to wear the mantle of GOD’s Glory. This is apparent throughout history.

In fact, the manifestation of the spirit of Antichrist has to do with this very thing; the Deification of Human Nature.

… so that he as God sits in the Temple of God showing himself that he is God.

2 Thessalonians 2:4

This brings us to an understanding of why GOD delights in revealing HIS strength through our weakness. The Apostle Paul makes the case for us and uses himself as an example. He’s dealing with what he refers to as a thorn in his flesh. There’s been endless speculations as to what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was but the most likely thing is that it was just what he said it was; a physical infirmity. An embarrassment to a man who is preaching and teaching concerning the power of GOD and demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit through his life and ministry.

As he prays for this infirmity to depart on five different occasions, The Lord finally speaks to him and says; MY grace is sufficient for you: for MY strength is made perfect in weakness. What an answer! Paul’s conclusion is that GOD reveals Himself through our weakness so that others may see Him not ourselves. 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 

THIS CONCEPT SEEMS TO BE ALMOST COMPLETELY ALIEN TO US TODAY.

Which brings me to my point; I had an interesting experience while ministering for our Miracle Crusade in Bucharest, Romania. I was standing in front of the loud speakers after the first service, someone had come up to speak with me when suddenly the band came on with some after service music. It was loud, so loud in fact, that I actually felt my eardrums flutter, something I’d never experienced before. Later that night in my hotel room I got up to walk to the bathroom and the whole room seemed to tilt and spin and I almost went to the floor. Apparently I was suffering from vertigo a condition caused by a disturbance within the inner ear. I’d never experienced this before and I’m going to be afflicted with it for the remainder of my time in Romania.

I couldn’t walk without someone at my side to support me, I couldn’t stand to preach, I had to sit down. Now picture this, I’m the evangelist preaching our healing crusade and I have to be helped to the platform and can’t even stand to preach, imagine! I felt humiliated. If I were one of those in attendance, I think I’d have taken one look at me and fled. 

“That guy’s the Healing Evangelist? I’m out of here! He looks like he’s fixing to die!”

Fortunately, my infirmity didn’t seem to bother anyone but me. I preached the Gospel message and The Lord confirmed it with miracles of healing following as HE always has. It’s the Message, not the Man that has the power to touch people.

Each night it was the same, I preached and The Lord Jesus saved and healed people; it was glorious! The altar space was filled with people wanting to receive Jesus as their savior with miracles of healing manifesting. In fact, during the four nights of the crusade there were six tumors that simply disappeared from people’s bodies, one of them was a very large visable ovarian tumor a woman had suffered with for years.

When the miracles began to happen others rushed forward and wanted personal prayer from me; something that is counterproductive in a Mass Evangelism Healing Crusade focused on demonstrating the power and reality of Christ and His Word. I was able to Testify to the crowd,

It’s The Lord, Jesus Christ who is among you doing the healing, not me! I didn’t touch one of you! These miracles are a sign that The Kingdom of God has come and the Finger of GOD is among you!

There’s a powerful truth revealed here; GOD is not looking for Superstars or Pretty people to work through. HE’s looking for ordinary people of faith who know HIM and have experienced HIS redemptive power and are willing to take HIM at HIS Word and in faith obey HIM and take the Gospel to those who do not know HIM.

Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel; And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

THIS WAS THE LORD’S DOING AND IT WAS MARVELOUS IN OUR SIGHT! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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Jack Harris, JHMin.com

EGYPTIAN CHURCH BURNT TO GROUND

Al Minya, Upper Egypt

Today is Good Friday in Egypt, one of the most important days of the year for Egyptian Christians. Sometime in the early hours of this morning a fire broke out in Al Minya’s large Coptic Christian Church literally razing it completely to the ground and destroying all its contents. The whole of the Christian community went into deep shock and mourning as they gathered for prayer at the site over this tragic loss. The cause of the fire is as yet undetermined. Terrorism has not been ruled out but the facts are not yet in. What we do know is that this was one of the biggest Christian gatherings in the region as people expected to come and worship this morning. Our man in Al Minya. Bro. A.J.  shared the deep grief all Christians felt on this, one of the Holiest days of the year. “The people could not stop weeping, everyone was crying!” This is a tremendous blow to the Christians of Egypt and they feel it keenly.

Despite this, their purpose to worship on this day was not derailed. When the ashes cooled all chipped in and cleared the rubble and gathered to worship within the ruins of their church. Bro. A.J. sent me these photos. I was deeply touched to see all the people that came worshipping, literally in the ashes of their despair. 

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record  One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;  Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,  Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. – James Russell Lowell


Our Brethren in Egypt have asked nothing of us other than we join with them in prayer.

REACHING OUT TO IDP’S & REFUGEES OF N. IRAQ

PC Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq continues to make an impact on their community and the surrounding villages. The area is still overwhelmed with Syrian refugees and Displaced Iraqi’s. The economy is still severely strained with little work available. Our church and its people continue to be a ray of sunshine and hope in a land that has been passing through a long dark night of despair. Despite this, things are beginning to turn but the changes are coming slowly and the needs are many right now. It’s a genuine miracle that we have several churches now in Iraq and faithful people on the ground who are doing the necessary work. As we continue to stand with our Iraqi brethren we will continue to see a harvest where, not that long ago, it seemed an impossible dream. Now it’s a manifest reality for which we praise and thank our Lord. 

“THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING AND IT’S MARVELOUS IN OUR SIGHT!”

I want to thank each one of you who have labored with us faithfully over the years to make this a reality. We’ve not only covered much ground over here, we’ve broken the  ground together, we’ve planted together and we’re now harvesting precious fruit. Check out the short video featuring Pastors Layth & Raad and the men and women of PC Dohuk.

Jack Harris

MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL RECONCILIATION IN PROGRESS

Israel, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia

Kurdistan Of Iraq Report – April 2019

 

AUDIO REPORT:

Pastor Layth confirms the report I received and shares in this brief audio the news as they’re hearing it in the Middle East.

Behind the scenes things are quietly but powerfully changing in the Middle East with the major players in the region.

Israel, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently negotiating reconciliation between themselves; THIS IS MAJOR NEWS! Yet we’re hearing little of it in the media. Perhaps this is due to the prevailing skepticism that anything can or will change in this part of the world yet it’s happening now. It may still be too early to predict the outcome for many but that which seems impossible is now falling into place and yes, it’s linked to the prophecies of the Bible; especially that which is revealed in Isaiah 19.

While the armchair prophecy experts argue over what this means or what’s next, let’s step aside from all that for a moment and consider the strategic opportunity Christ is giving His Church. Jesus clearly told the disciples that it was not for them to figure it all out and make up a calendar of events concerning that which is in and at the Father’s discretion only. He told us to watch and pray ant be sensitive to the signs of the times He gave us; the purpose? To be prepared for his return, obviously; but also to seize the harvest opportunities that He would open before us.

WE CAN BE SO BUSY PREDICTING THE OUTCOME OF PROPHECY THAT WE IGNORE IT’S HARVEST POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITIES

However the chips fall out as the future unfolds, we need to seize the day while it’s still here. We all know well enough that a night is coming when no man can work. That night isn’t here yet but we are! It’s still the Churches time, that’s why we’re still here. 

 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)

Open doors and opportunity from God are not necessary easy as the Apostle duly notes. We understand that adversity is often part and parcel with the mission … but so is the opportunity and potential for harvest. We are entering a fresh SEASON of opportunity to reap a great potential harvest if we’ll lay hold of it.

 

From Out Of Egypt!

Why is Egypt so important? 

  • It’s the heart of the Arab world. 
  • It was the birthplace of pan-Arabism under Gamal Nasser,
  • It was the linchpin of Middle East peace under Anwar Sadat. 
  • 80 million people – as many as Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria combined.
  • It has a large and vigorous civil society, feisty, independent media, a broad array of political forces, and a well-respected judiciary. 

If Egypt can make the transition to democracy, it will lead the way to a new era for the Arab world. If Cairo falls back to dictatorship of one variety or another, it is unlikely the rest of the region will move on without it. 

“The Arab Spring will live or die in Egypt.”

Michele Dunne and Robert Kagan – Brookings – March 7, 2011

These observations published back in 2011 have proven to be spot on accurate and just as relevant in 2019 as they were back then. 

As Believers, we can be kind of lopsided in our understanding of Egypt’s spiritual importance in the Bible as well as her prophetic destiny. 

“SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL”

For most in the West, Egypt has become our catch all metaphor for worldliness, bondage to sin and resistance to GOD. 

So much so that we can be blinded to what the Bible actually says about the nations place in the strategic purpose of GOD. 

Egypt provided safe haven for the Christ Child

Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. So he took the child and his mother and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 

“Out of Egypt have I called my son.”

Mt.2:13-15

Then there’s the Isaiah 19 prophecy; which speaks of the Egyptians as GOD’S people and foresees a future alliance between Egypt, Assyria (Iraq) and Israel – a blessing in the land.

It’s very obvious that Egypt is not only important in the balance of today’s Middle Eastern political process but it also plays a vital role in the spiritual realm as well.

We’ve been given a powerful open door of opportunity into the nation as well as the right personnel on the ground to work with. Brother Abo. Joshua is a tireless Egyptian Evangelist who has through his labors opened the outstanding doors of opportunity we now enjoy. To give just a brief idea of the range of impact we’re talking about this is what was accomplished through A.J. ministry just this last year.

  • Ministry in 42 different churches 
  • 4 Different Conferences For pastors and leaders 
  • Egyptian Women’s Revival with Pam Howard with over 1500 women attending with several hundred saved and many healed.
  • 4 Separate One Day Seminars for Pastors and Wives (120 in attendance). 
  • Winter Blanket Outreach to Villages of Upper Egypt
  • School Supplies for 500 village kids

Thousands heard the Gospel and were touched this last year with hundreds saved and miraculously healed.

THIS IS MORE THAN BUSINESS AS USUAL – THIS IS REVIVAL IN EGYPT!

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THIS NEXT WEEK IN EGYPT:   Bro. A.J. will gather with 75 pastors and leaders for 3 days between the 25th – 27th of March for strategic training, planning and prayer.

We have big plans for Egypt in the coming months and we intend to move while the doors are open and the opportunity is before us.

I want to invite you to move with us; to help make an impact that has the potential to change the face of Egypt and the whole of the Middle East.

CAN IT BE DONE?

OF COURSE IT CAN, IF WE’RE WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES.

Get behind us and get behind Bro. A.J. – Be part of our winning team

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN IRAQ, EGYPT & THE MIDDLE EAST?

 

The Big Picture as it unfolds into 2019

The Big Picture

It’s a process, it’s real and it’s happening before our eyes! But sometimes we lose sight of this reality in the flurry of information thrown our way on a daily basis. Then there’s the shear magnitude of the task and the efforts involved; they may not realistically register in our thinking. I credit much of this to how we receive and digest information in what’s come to be known as the information age.

With today’s Internet, Smartphone and Social Media technology we’re literally drowning in a global flood of continuous digital banter and opinion.

“IN THE FUTURE, EVERYONE WILL BE
WORLD-FAMOUS,
FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES”
-ANDY WARHOL

Make that 5 minutes Andy. With the of arrival internet technology the artist’s prediction has seemingly come to pass.

Today’s media has created a world of political bias, News bytes of perpetual threat and disasters mingled with half-truths, conspiracy theories or outright lies.

THE EARTH IS FLAT,
AMERICA NEVER WENT TO THE MOON,
THE ALIENS ARE COMING!
BIGFOOT’S RUNNING AMUCK IN ALL FIFTY STATES.
ELVIS IS STILL ALIVE!

Mix this with the fact that everyone now has a voice and an opinion about most everything and the tools to express it and you have a World with a very short and jaded attention span. This doesn’t mean we don’t care, we can simply be overwhelmed by the abundance of it all.

THE MIRACLE OF IRAQ, EGYPT, ISRAEL
AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Do you realize that prior to 2004, Iraq was virtually closed and isolated from the outside world and to the Gospel? Until recently, the Middle East has been regarded as the most resistant and unproductive mission field on earth. Few, including me, had a burden for it. Yet the peace and prosperity of the whole world has centered around the fortunes of this region for the last seventy years. Actually, much longer than that when you factor in world history and take into account that this region of the world has spiritually always been the turf under dispute.

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The Middle East Conflict has virtually shaped the world we now live in. The rebirth of Israel and the prophetic miracle of the return of Jews to their homeland after nearly two thousand years of exile has had the fingers of the Superpowers on or near the trigger buttons that would launch World War III since 1948. The Doom’s Day clock established by concerned Nuclear Scientists in 1947 has hovered at two minutes until Midnight for some time now.

We’ve witnessed the prophetic warnings of the Bible unfolding before our eyes. The alignment of nations, the largest humanitarian crisis in terms of human displacement since WWII; the result of the Syrian Civil War. Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, Libya, the Saudis, the Superpowers, they’re all in place. Today’s headlines read like the Bible’s prophecies. Wars, rumors of wars, nation rising up against nation … but the end is not yet.

IS THERE ANY GOOD NEWS OUT THERE?
ABSOLUTELY! – YOU’RE IT!

The constant barrage of bad news and catastrophic events (good new doesn’t sell) is responsible for our resultant apocalyptic mindset; to the point that we can miss the fact that there is a Bigger Picture, GOD’s picture.

Having lived and ministered in the Middle East for many years, I’ve found that my horizons have significantly broadened to an understanding that there may be far more going on in terms of God’s purpose in the prophetic and its fulfillment than the popular assessments of our day take into consideration.

Prophecy was given so that we’ll be aware of the times when they drew near and be able to locate and orientate ourselves regarding them. Still, if not careful, we can overlook this bigger picture and its meaning; That of the opportunity for World Redemption. Despite all the negatives, the facts are that right now there is an unprecedented response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide.

THIS IS A SEASON OF OPPORTUNITY
BUT IT WON’T LAST FOREVER.

Millions of lives are at stake. People in the Middle East started coming to Christ by the hundreds, that’s now escalating into the thousands, soon we’ll hear of hundreds of thousands and beyond.

I feel that it will be a quick work, but not in the simplistic idea that it just happens overnight. The task is mind bogglingly huge!

LAYTH

We’re talking the about the reestablishment of Christianity in the very lands where it began and was later driven out, almost to the point of extinction. All that is now changing.

This is serious business! There are evil and hostile forces bent on preventing the Gospel from gaining a new foothold. Just this last year and early this year, in Egypt, in the very place where we work, we’ve seen Christians massacred by radical anti-Christian forces. The same has been true in Iraq. At the same time we seen favor and even protection from the governments now in place within these nations. Do we get the significance of this? GOD Himself has opened doors that no man can shut but if we don’t understand this, these same doors of opportunity can be ignored.

“WE ARE REBUILDING THE CHURCH IN IRAQ!”
-PASTOR LAYTH IBRAHIM

Do we grasp the power and importance of what our brother has declared? When I went to Kurdistan of Iraq in 2004 I didn’t see another Born Again believer for three years. Today that has all changed, not only through our efforts but through the efforts of others as well, many of these we opened the doors for.

Today we have five churches which pastor Layth has planted and that’s not counting those he planted with our help before he joined our organization. Now we have a Middle Eastern Base of Operations, a full facility for training, conferencing and sending others throughout Iraq and the surrounding nations including Egypt where we are currently working.

This is an enormous task and it won’t be realized overnight. Line upon line, precept upon precept, brick by brick.

As most of you know, the economy of Kurdistan was decimated during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. That’s now past but the damage it did is not. The recovery is slow. Billions of dollars were lost, jobs evaporated, even government employees go months at a time working with no pay. The astonishing thing is that we’ve accomplished most of our building during this period but could not have done so without outside help.

OUR CONTINUED SACRIFICE AND SUPPORT IS VITAL
TO THE ONGOING SUCCESS OF THE MISSION.

OUR ENEMY WILL NOT REST, NEITHER CAN WE!
WE MUST HOLD OUR GROUND
AND VIGOROUSLY PUSH AHEAD TO GAIN MORE
IF WE ARE TO SUCCEED.

Big things are afoot for this coming year, you’ve already seen powerful results this last year in both Iraq and Egypt. We anticipate this will continue and be even more productive this year. If this is to happen we need you on board with us.

Watch as new and exciting things begin to unfold as we continue to build and enlarge our reach into these nations and expand our vision for World Evangelism.

Thank you! All who have gone the distance with us these years, you’ve made a crucial difference in the outcome. That which was once just a vision is now an expanding reality and GOD’s not finished with you yet.

Sincerely Your Brother and Partner in Faith,

Jack Harris