The first time I visited the school it was a cold day in December. I had heard about the school from a friend who had been working in this community of families displaced because of ISIS from all over Iraq and even Syria, from various different people groups and backgrounds. Some of them them had been living in unfinished abandoned apartment buildings while others were provided a 3 bedroom house that usually has to fit about 20 people.
We have an incredible Peace on Earth announcement! With the amazing support of so many people around the world we have REACHED OUR 100K GOAL!! WOW! First of all we just want to say thank you to each church community, family, and every individual that got behind this project, we have be so blown away by your generosity and passion to reach the displaced and those in need in Northern Iraq. Because of this, our reach is now able to go so much further than we ever thought possible this year. It has been such a privilege and honor for us to partner with Bethel Music in this project and we owe a big thanks to their team for putting in tireless effort and resources into this!
I remember first hearing the news on a TV screen in America in the summer of 2014. ISIS, a rising Islamic terrorist group, had begun their violent attacks on minority groups in Northern Iraq. Their intent was to wipe out minority groups such as Christians, Yazidis, Kakai, and more as an Islamic religious cleansing. The only group they warned beforehand was Christians- stating either they abide by their laws, pay a high tax fine, or leave. The rest… were brutally attacked without warning and shown no mercy.
With the population of Kurds being around 30 million they are one of the largest people groups without a nation. A Kurdish saying “No friends but the mountains” is a sad and yet accurate truth. While facing external threats the Kurds found refuge and protection from their enemies in the mountains.
It was only about 9:30am but we found ourselves standing outside in 110 degree weather handing out water bottles and rice one by one to those who had been waiting all morning.The sun was blazing and the only shade anyone could find was standing close enough to the semi trailer we were unloading from. Our team had gotten to help some friends from another organization with a distribution. it was a new camp for us and it had only been open for about 4 months. This meant it had received people who most recently fled Mosul. These people had been under ISIS rule the longest and the newness of the camp also meant that they were met with less food, poor clean water treatment, insufficient bathrooms, and no air cooling systems not to mention a sentiment held by some that they were still apart of ISIS since they chose to stay so long.