Mother's Day Campaign

Mother's Day Campaign

Can you imagine having a baby in a refugee camp and trying to raise your children without a house or the comforts of your home? This is the reality of thousands of courageous mother's in Northern Iraq. These mothers have been forced to flee their homes from ISIS, leaving everything they owned behind and now must find ways of taking care and protecting themselves and their children living in refugee camps with limited resources. There is estimated that 5.2 million people in Iraq are in need of humanitarian aid and that just over 50% of those who are displaced are female. 

Huge success: Tents and Toys Campaign

Huge success: Tents and Toys Campaign

Hey Everyone, our second distribution from our Tents and Toys Campaign was a HUGE SUCCESS!!We were able to bless 500 families with a brand new mattress, blanket and pillow. These families are living in tents in a IDP camp and have lost everything and most of them had come out of captivity from the ISIS held city of Mosul and surrounding region. It was such a joy for our Light A Candle team to greet and bless each one, we pray that every person we touched encounters love and the revelation of Jesus!

'Searching For More'

'Searching For More'

How can you not love this nation? I see so many people who are ready for the love of the Father as you walk into the camps, homes, the local bread shop, or even your favorite corner store. As you begin to see them not in the lens of the media or introduced by a person who hasn't met them. You can see them as God's children longing and wanting the love of the Father. They all seem to be searching for something more. Whether it is more food, more job opportunity, more love, or a better future. The search for something more has been placed in their hearts. It is something I don't think that they placed on their own, but something the Lord has positioned inside each of them. With politics, war, loss, and fleeing from their homes, this search has started in their hearts. This is one of the biggest invitations to share the more of God. The searching in their hearts can only be satisfied by Him. 

Tents & Toys : Light A Candle Christmas Campaign

Over the past 2 years, millions of refugees and IDP's have flooded the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq seeking safety from the war going on around them. They are living in tents, abandoned buildings, and more as they move forward to start their lives over again. 

 We’ve seen the firsthand effects of these families who have left everything they’ve known, and the difficult process of integrating into a new environment- some with literally just the clothes on their back. We’ve shed tears together as we’ve sat in their tents, or abandoned buildings they’ve made as their new home, hearing story after story of the traumatic events they’ve undergone.

These families have become dear friends, and we are so thankful to be a part of their lives and serve them in any way we can. Through giving out monthly distributions, offering psychosocial programs, teaching Bible stories to the kids, and continuing weekly family visits, we’ve gotten to know and love these families deeply and see them begin to overcome their circumstances. Most importantly, it’s been the greatest joy to love on them and watch their hearts open up to the Gospel and place their hope in Jesus.

As we approach winter here in Northern Iraq, many of our families will be in need of new tents and supplies before the harsh weather hits. With highs of 46 degrees C in the summer and low temperatures below 0 degrees C, the tents in the camps have especially gone through much wear and tear, and the abandoned buildings they live in are poorly insulated. We will be helping with winter needs including blankets, mattresses and for a few families that may mean providing a new tent.

 JOIN US as we help refugee families stay warm and provide toys for their children at Christmas. 

I am Brave, Loved and Together We Can Make Change

I am Brave, Loved and Together We Can Make Change

We are totally undone and so privileged to have been able to run our first ever women’s program here on the ground in a refugee camp. It was an incredible 8 weeks! These women (in our program) are refugees forced to flee from their homes over a year and a half ago due to the situation with ISIS. When meeting with the camp director, he mentioned that a program like this had never been done before and that in a year in a half it was the first program of its type. He gave us full permission to move forward and we couldn’t have been more honored!