by Fuad Nowroz
Two million refugees have come to our area. Their needs continue; so does their desire to hear the truth.Over the past year, we’ve distributed 1,000 swamp coolers, 1,900 propane bottles, wheelchairs, Bibles and children’s Bibles. We conducted a medical clinic. We’ve met with, fed and prayed with many peshmerga who fight on the front lines for our country.
A refugee crisis means disruption in school. We help support – with equipment and supplies – seven schools educating approximately 4,000 students.
God allowed us to build a small community center. We purchased 15 sewing machines to teach local women to sew, and we plan to start classes to teach men to be electricians and plumbers. Our vision is for this to be a house of hope, where people are reminded that our Savior is the only way.
Our Family Camp focused on serving those who serve refugees. Many of these workers are displaced themselves, but they have a passion to share the hope of Christ with those who’ve lost everything. At camp, they exchanged stories, encouraged each other and learned how to bring others to faith. What a delight to see so many different types of people worshipping God together in unity.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the needs of so many. But we have encouragement from our Lord that his heart is near to the brokenhearted. “For it is He who executes justice for the oppressed: who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.” (Psalm 146:7) Christ taught us in Matthew 25, “Whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
Thank you for your partnership through prayer and finances, as we obey this call to serve those in need. – Fuad