A PressOn Grant has enabled Baghdad Baptist Church to strengthen their outreach among refugees who have flooded the city.
Through the grant, the church met immediate needs for clothing and care, and expanded their school in the refugee camps, bringing education and hope to those displaced by ISIS terrorists in northern Iraq.
The church’s relief team continues to visit and serve refugee families of diverse religions and ethnicities. “We hand out food and other relief materials, and we are able to share the message of the love of God,” says Ara, “We hold special children’s events and we also have a group who visits wounded soldiers coming back from the fighting. We’ve been able to give out Bibles and pray with them.”
In the midst of difference and under the threat of violence, Ara and his church persevere in working for peace and obeying Christ’s mandate of love: “We can promote reconciliation among the different groups in Iraqi communities. We can help others to avoid joining extreme sides. I think the Church has a role to help the community to obtain new values – to reject violence, accept the other, and love the other. The Good Samaritan should be our example of loving those who are not like us.”
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