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Caring For The 1

Caring For The 1

Thousands of years ago, with a bit of Godly persuasion, Jonah entered Nineveh to tell the people about their wickedness and call them to turn from those ways and give themselves over to God. In Jonah 3 we learn that is exactly what they did.

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

The amazing part is that this story did not stop there.  Today Mosul (modern day Nineveh) is predominately Christian. To think that Jonah and the trouble he went through was not in vain, and that the effects of his obedience endured thousands of years! I could go off on this thought, but maybe I will save that for another time, as there is a more pressing concern to be addressed here.

Many of you have probably heard about the persecution being endured in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of Christians on the run from a force of wickedness the likes of which this generation has never seen. The brutality of the terrorist groups is unthinkable and for many of us it is something we would choose to block from our minds. For me personally, I just can’t get it out of my head as my heart is burdened for the need and I believe it stands as another opportunity to declare NO MORE!

Over the past month we have pondered and prayed, asking God to reveal to us how we, both personally and as an organization, could get involved. Many times I have almost become paralyzed, because the need is so great and has seemed out of our reach.  But as we have so often found in the past, if God burdens your heart and you seek Him for direction, He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

God in His providence has given us a unique opportunity to do something tangible to care for those whose very lives are at risk because of their faith. Through our close family friends and former Pastors, we learned of a Christian family on the ground in Northern Iraq who are making a difference.  As thousands of refugees in desperate need flooded the region, they felt compelled to help and adopted a group of 400 who were living in an abandoned school.  Over the past few weeks that number has grown to over 800, and this direct connection has given NO MORE an opportunity to help to provide food, water, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies to care for them.

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