August 8, 2014
“Churches in Erbil are working very hard to stand with and support thousands of displaced Christians…” They need our help. We have ways that you can join with them and us in this effort.
Last night the US airstrikes helped, but it remains uncertain if that will be enough to keep ISIS from invading Erbil or other Kurdish cities. All of the main cities are beginning to fill up with refugees: Christian, Yezidi, and Muslim.
Our local partners are working to provide food, water, bedding, shelter, medical care, and kindness. Camps are under construction to provide shelter to families who have been living in the streets, sleeping wherever there is grass or shade.
This morning, one of our local partners reports: “Church buildings (all denominations) and other facilities that have been used as shelters are overcrowded with families. You cannot imagine these families’ poor conditions, food, water, and other basic supplies like mattresses and clothes are desperately needed despite all the efforts from different Governmental and Nongovernmental aid. “We think there will be a food crisis very soon. Please, if there is any possibility of getting any donation to support them with food and water, now is the time for it.”
This obviously brings us all to what so many of you have asked about. What can we do? How can we help? It is impossible to get supplies into the country right now, but money can help as our partners work to provide for those who have nothing. We are also working to provide for the safety of our teams. Both are expensive tasks.
We have set up a webpage where you can help. Please use this page to donate and share this need with others. All donations are tax deductible.
For those of you who follow our work with the School of the Medes in Iraq, they are planning to open in a few weeks according to schedule. However, the situation is unstable and things can change quickly.
Finally, please consider writing your congressman to voice support for the Kurdish people. The Kurds have long been US allies and are now sacrificing to receive and care for thousands of displaced Christians, Yezidis, and others.
Thank you for your support and prayers.
Servant Group International