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.
January Update January 17, 2020
"Worship will transform the region."
As I sit here in attempts to place the past few months into words I am at a loss for words. Although the work has been great and the opportunities for work simply continue to almost be placed at our feet, the greatest treasure found here in the midst of all the opportunities has been the one spoken of in Matthew 13. That is Jesus Himself, worth surrendering all for the sake of knowing Him deeper. A word that God has spoken over the vision here is summarized in this, "As we worship, the region will be restored."
To some this may seem as if we are not stepping out but the truth is that as we worship the Lord out of obedience, His presence has been coming in so thick and His glory so real that all we can do is surrender and drop to our knees out of the power he comes into the room with. And as we continue to surrender to Him and His coming, we are made more and more to look like Jesus which in turn the signs, wonders and miracles simply happen out of accident due to a deep love and passion for Jesus Himself. And that is where we are finding ourselves at in the moment and in the midst of all that is going on with the Iran vs USA situation. The Holy Spirit has increased since the tensions have begun to hit the region. All I can say is more God, and let it be done to me as He has spoken.?
On a more practical note, since the Iran vs USA tensions, many foreigners have left the region and our numbers have gone down but recently we have begun to enter into camp once again as well as continue the work (english courses) that were being held in the refugee camp.
Opportunities have opened in a Syrian refugee camp heading toward the Iran border that we have begun to pursue and serve as we can in accordance to the finances we raise and skills that are available to be provided.
There is a small camp of 44 families receiving little to no aid that we are involved in with distributions of many kinds from clothing to water filters, to food and simply to go and play soccer with the teens and adults and share with one another.
We have visited and intend to return to an orphanage close to the Syrian-Turkish border that is run by some of the adults in the neighborhood who have done what they can to serve and be there for over 20 children ranging from a year old to just about 7 or 8 years old.
And soon enough we will be taking a trip to visit and serve in an orphanage in Syria housing 60 children that can be classified as the least of the least in many peoples eyes but as treasures in the eyes of Jesus. These children are the children that are a result of the terror striking group in this region that has raped many Yezidi women that were forced to give their children up one they were rescued and prior to entering into Iraq. These being children that a result of the enemy raping these women that now are technically not allowed to enter back into their society because they are now termed as unclean and the enemy, all because of being defied by what they call the enemy. We are very excited and expectant for this opportunity and are excited about what God is going to do there.
And really there are many more opportunities that would take forever to write and read but countless, great opportunities that God is providing.
Finances/fees to live here: ($1,000 USD per month)
Project Finances: ($1,000 USD per month)
Trip to Orphanage in Syria ($400-500 USD)
Would you consider partnering with me to bring God's Kingdom as we serve His people in the region?
"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