- "We are your friends" says Israeli Prime Minister to Iranian people
- Indonesian President vows to do more for persecuted Christians
- Chinese President Xi Jinping steps up as global leader challenging US supremacy
- Trump and the future of NATO
- 100 000 Killed in Yemen conflict
- Pakistan Prime Minister defends religious minorities
- Trump to offer Putin sanction-nuclear deal
- Several thousand US troops arrive in Poland in show of strength against Russia
- US set for confrontation with China over South China Seas
- Swim Classes - the new front line for Muslim integration into Europe
- Christians remain the most persecuted group in the world
- Influential voice against Iranian hardliners dies
- China sends first freight train to London
- Islamic State claims deadly Istanbul nightclub attack
- 59 Killed in Baghdad as terrorists continue to target the city
For INcontext's statement about recent allegations made against Canon Andrew White, CLICK HERE.
February 2016 - Project Update
20 months after the Islamic State burst onto the world scene by taking over the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq, Christians in the country continue to suffer. We are thankful to Canon Andrew White’s organisation, the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME), for their continued support to our brother and sisters in the region. Below is an extract from their newsletter of 4 February 2016.
“The situation in Northern Iraq is getting worse. Many NGOs, including the UN, are scaling back their operations and are only providing aid to the most needy. However, thanks to your support, FRRME is continuing to provide food packages, hygiene kits, medical care, and schooling for hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs). We are now working across 17 camps in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and will continue to distribute vital relief as long as we are able to.
As well as looking after 500 Iraqi refugee families now living in Marka (a suburb of Amman, Jordan), this month we provided £3,500 worth of aid to Syrian refugees – the money was spent on heating, rent, food and medical relief. This support comes on the back of recent reports about Syrians starving to death in Madaya. We want to do what we can to help and so we are working with the Syrian Orthodox Church in Jordan to assist those we can.”
INcontext Ministries continues to support Canon Andrew’s ministry as well as other projects in the region, and without your continued support this would not be possible. If you would like to make a donation to this project, please scroll down for our banking details.
November 2015 - Project Update
It is a privilege for INcontext to partner with Canon Andrew White in his ministry to the internally displaced people of Iraq. Through the generous and compassionate contributions of our supporters, we were able to donate more than R800,000.00 (US$80,000) during the past three months to the relief work amongst those who are forgotten and isolated. This support has provided much-needed assistance in a time of desperate need.
With these funds, through the ministry of FRRME, assistance was provided to more than 7,107 families, with at least 8 members of each family. Food was provided regularly for about 2,000 IDPs, water for more than 3,500 IDPs, and chicken and rice for about 2,500 IDPs. FRRME also provide necessities to four villages, around Nineveh plane and in Duhok through their local partners. About $28,000 went to providing medical and humanitarian relief for the IDPs, $14,860 was allocated for the IDPs that got re-displaced from Erbil to Baghdad, $25,000 was provided for small active Church communities that they support fully, and $15,537 on food relief for all the camps. These amounts of money are serving people directly with exactly what they need.
For an update of how the funds were distributed, a story of the $1 dollar kid and news of support from an unexpected source, CLICK HERE.
For more information on PROJECT MERCY, please scroll down.
Thank you for your continued support.
And the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, “Up! Go to Nineveh, that great town, and let your voice come to it, for their evil-doing has come up before Me…”
“Am I not to have mercy on Nineveh, that great town, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons without the power of judging between right and left…?”
JONAH 1:1-2 and 4:11
The current Iraq crisis dominating world headlines erupted in June in the city of Mosul, the renamed city of Nineveh that turned to God and rejoiced in His mercy after Jonah had gone and spoken the warning that God had commanded. The people of ancient Nineveh were a violent race opposed to God, as are the extremists now attempting to take over the country in the name of Islam.
Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Jonah, writes that “a very small degree of light may convince men that humbling themselves before God, confessing their sins with prayer, and turning from sin, are means of escaping wrath and obtaining mercy”.
THIS IS THE GOAL OF PROJECT MERCY: to offer support to the Church in Iraq so that they may provide that “very small degree of light” in a nation in crisis.
Mosul has long been home to one of the biggest Christian communities in Iraq, but even this constituted a ‘remnant’ of the Church that has steadily been moving closer to extinction over the last decade. With the ISIS terrorist group’s takeover, their declaration of a Caliphate, and the mass exodus of residents fleeing the area, it is impossible to know how many Christians still remain.
INcontext Ministries has committed to doing whatever is in our power to help support the Church and believers still in the country, through Canon Andrew White who pastors St George’s Church in Baghdad.
Since the takeover, Christians who remained in the area were explicitely targeted and their homes marked, and they faced the choice of converting to Islam, paying a high 'protection tax' or suffering a brutal death. Those who fled may be 'safer', but they are in desperate need. Canon White wrote the following to us: "What do our people need? They need everything - so many of our people have fled Mosul. They have nothing. No homes, food, nothing, literally nothing... they need the most basic things in life. We are trying to give them food and water and trying to put as many as possible up in churches in Kurdistan where there are literally hundreds sleeping on church floors."
AND FOR THIS WE NEED YOUR HELP. Any donation you can make will be sent to Iraq and will be used by Christian leaders for the people suffering as a result of the worsening situation.
Our banking details are as follows:
ABSA cheque account
Branch: Hillcrest, KZN (632 005)
Please use [YOUR NAME] + MERCY as a reference so that we can send a thank you!
In these times of extreme change, extreme violence and extreme anguish, we pray that God will use us to offer some hope to the Church in Iraq so that they can be strengthened to carry Christ’s light and speak of His hope and truth and freedom!
For a number of in-depth perspective articles on the Islamic State and recent events in Iraq, click HERE.
For a video of Canon Andrew White, click HERE.