Life in Kurdistan (North Iraq)
Life in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) is a little different. Sometimes life moves slow, at times, time escapes but there is one factor that remains and that is the truth that Jesus Christ is with me til' the very end of the age. Living in a land full of such history, both good and tragic, there is always a task to be done or a group of people in need of some sort of help. Living in such a way can be difficult and unhealthy if not done right. Wisdom is this, "Jesus, what do you have for me this week? Today? Now?" Living in such a way is absolutely different from any way of life I have ever encountered but it is truly preferred in my eyes. That is how life is done here in the Kurdish Iraq town of Duhok, where I am currently living.
Our work here includes: english courses in a refugee camp, serving widows, serving orphans, building relationships to help locals that have encountered trauma through sport in order for the Holy Spirit to come in and heal, beautiful and powerful Spirit-led times of worship and really everything else that God opens as a door for us to step into. It has been an amazing time so far with many victories, difficulties, joyful times and times that fear has 'tried' to step in but failed; all leading to a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus and a drawing near that is difficult to put into words. In addition, life here is all about relationships and friendships that all stem from a family environment causing people to draw near and encounter The Lord through His own doing and our enjoyment.
With the many doors made available by God fro us to step into, the one He leads us to the most is His presence which fills us to do the work we do. He has promised to take care of our very needs as we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, leading all to be in His hands. A recipe for an interesting life to be lived, but well worth it.
Here Are My Summer 2020 Plans!!! May 24, 2020
Some Great News!!!
So here it is ladies and gentlemen; the update of all updates!
If you read my previous newsletter covering April and May's activity then you now know that earlier this year The Lord led Nina and I to begin a relationship while serving here in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As previously stated, this relationship has been fully led by God and as He speaks I have listened and walked out the words He has spoken as guidance and as instruction. Altogether it has been a fun and exciting journey that has led me to continue to enjoy life with Jesus while serving alongside the amazing people here, including my beautiful girlfriend Nina.
Well, The Lord has spoken once again and we are off as we seek to run toward the word He has spoken. Come August, Nina and I will be in Florida together; not just to enjoy family, beaches or rest... But above all, Nina and I will be in Florida in August to get married according to the word God has spoken. This is a very exciting time for us and has not been easy whatsoever but definitely worth it. I say it is worth it because I know what God has spoken, in that no opposition can take that away. Not closed nations, any virus or whatever other obstacles may try and get in the middle, if God spoke, it will be because it already has been.
I know that some may think I am moving a little fast and to that I say this, "God is moving faster than I planned to. The truth is, He is the protector, provider, author and finisher. If He spoke it, He will make it happen." I trust Him fully to open every door needed for His word to become real and I vow to continue listening to Him and following what He says. I mean, He has been around a little longer than I have, so I think He knows what He is doing.
So nice that you asked!!! As the whole world is beginning to open up and come back to normal (whatever that is now), things here have been a little different. For over a month already life in Duhok has been back to how things were prior to Covid-19. Jobs open again, people on the roads, shops and malls open, all to simply say, it's good to be here. With the checkpoints back open we have been able to do a few distributions of food to camps in need as well as individual poor families in need throughout the town.
Aside from the work, it has been a good time to meet up with local friends again. Some of the fun times we have had include hiking the gigantic and beautiful mountains through trails that are used by the military to this day, hiking to rivers and SWIMMING. YES, I SAID IT RIGHT!!! THERE IS WATER IN IRAQ! Who knew?? Camping in the middle of nowhere, and meals upon meals with families and friends (as it is a regular custom here in the culture). This has been very enjoyable because to this day we have been so caught up and busy working that going out to enjoy God's creation has not been one of our scheduled events. Now we try to go out one day of the weekend to enjoy in nature with friends and campfires that include a lot of cooked meat!
These times of enjoying nature with friends have been a blast and has opened many doors and opportunities that are definitely leading people into the kingdom. To be honest, I have such a love for these people and as I continue to learn the language my heart is to share with them my experiences, encounters and testimonies that I have had with the Lord. I have seen that one thing that is difficult for God to hold back is to do with showing up when He is spoken of and what He has done is spoken of. When we share testimonies, He is stirred and excited to be present with us. TRY IT! I dare you! As you speak of His wondrous works, you will step into a moment like that of Moses and the burning bush. A moment will arise that God allows Himself to be seen or felt, and when He does it is our turn to fall into His presence coming in. When we do, you will begin to encounter Him like never before. HEAVEN ON EARTH!
What has God been speaking to you throughout this time?
What is He stirring up in your heart to do?
And how can we sharpen one another?
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18
- A greater level of holiness, purity and love in my relationship with Nina.
- Our local friends to encounter Yahweh.
- More skilled workers, willing to give it all that the least may be reached
- Finances for proposal, wedding and family
- Personal finances (to reach a minimum of 1k/month) especially now as I plan to move on toward marriage and starting a family.
- I am currently at $600 monthly but am seeking people seeking to partner with what God is doing in my obedience.
- Dreams and visions for those who don't know Jesus . . .Yet.
- Venmo: Christopher-Quinones-8
- Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- CashApp: $qchristopher
- LovesCallingInternational (tax-deductible): https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDE4MjA=
- Donations toward a vehicle: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/Njc1NTk=