We have all been touched by the plight of over 250,000 Christian Iraqis and minority groups forced to flee to Northeast Kurdistan by the advance of the ISIS militias. One news report described these refugees as being “tired and exhausted . . . but too traumatized to savor their safety.”
ACTION’s office in the United Kingdom, which has been involved in the Middle East for the past two years, is taking the lead in responding to this crisis. ACTION UK is a registered NGO in Israel and on the West Bank with the Palestinian Authority, and has coordinated short-term teams that have ministered to both Christian and Muslim communities in the region, under the direction of our partner organizations.
Now, in response to this crisis, ACTION UK Director Ingo Abraham and our partner mission agencies in the region are joining together to coordinate a relief operation to Northeast Kurdistan in September. This project will provide 10,000 blankets and 10,000 Arabic Bibles, as well as baby food and medical relief. Project leaders will also provide personal counseling to the members of this displaced community, many of whom have lost everything except the clothes they fled in!
The director of our Middle East agency partner is heading up this combined relief mission and will be in Erbil in September. This will ensure the smooth entry of the team, which will be comprised of aid workers, counselors, and medical personnel. He will also coordinate the set-up and transition of materials to warehouses and the transportation of these vital materials by the team to the Erbil refugee locations and camps.
The initial cost of this relief project is $22,000. Our prayerful response as God’s people will determine the extent of any further ministry operation undertaken by the mission. ACTION UK has committed in faith to send $5000 immediately, for the advance purchase of needed items.
If you would also like to give toward this relief effort, please click here.
The ACTION team worldwide values your prayers and practical support for this project. Our aim is to first help the household of faith in Northeast Iraq, and then also the other affected communities in the region in their greatest hour of need.
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