Seven students recently completed Entrust’s foundational discipleship training in Duhok, Kurdistan. Layth and Ilham Ibrahim facilitated their learning. Fuad Nowroz traveled from Erbil to Duhok to take part in the graduation ceremony. The goal of the training, Fuad explained, is to be sure each one “has deep roots and good fruit.”
The Yezidi are a Kurdish-speaking minority group numbering close to one million. In August 2014, thousands of Yezidi were killed, harmed or kidnapped by extremists in Kurdistan. Entrust’s Layth and Ilham Ibrahim provide relief and share the love of Christ regularly in Yezidi communities. They recently delivered much-needed wheelchairs to disabled Yezidi children. Pray for Layth and Ilham in all their relief and discipleship ministries in Kurdistan.
Minnie Mouse showed up recently in a village not far from Duhok, Kurdistan. Kurdish kids love her and flocked to see her. She came bearing gifts for the kids, and her “human” traveling companions brought a craft project for the moms.
Entrust’s Layth Ibrahim organized the visit as a way to build a bridge between Entrust ministries and families in Kurdish villages. Several locals thanked Layth and his wife, Ilham, for bringing joy to their community.
Layth and Ilham will continue building relationships here. And next time they go to this village, Layth says, “we’ll bring face paint.”
Volleyball in an IDP* camp? Why not! Entrust’s Layth I. sent this report about God bringing together a creative ministry in Kurdistan.
“The project is an inspiration from Jesus. I saw young people playing volleyball [in the camps] in their own way, without help. So I shared the need with several NGOs** and one of them, Swiss Relief, responded. They helped build the courts and provided nets and uniforms. But we still needed a coach. Then, God sent Dr. Sabah who is a Ph.D. sports instructor at the University of Mosul and currently an IDP.
“We have 10 teams now, involving about 100 young people, in two Yezidi camps. I have had the opportunity to share our Lord Jesus with them and 20 have come to Jesus. That means we now have 20 messengers [for Jesus] in the two camps. Pray for us to be able to continue (we need a 22-passenger bus so we can transport teams between the camps) and pray that I will share the gospel well with each person involved.”
Do pray for Layth and this ministry. Thank you!
*Internally Displaced Person
“I told him, ‘I want to serve you and I want to be your disciple. I will serve you whatever it costs and I will serve you whatever the price.’” – Layth I., Entrust staff member in Kurdistan, describing his tearful conversation with Jesus when God convicted him of his sin during an evangelistic meeting in 1996 in the Middle East.
Layth and his wife, Ilham, serve cross-culturally in Kurdistan. They’ve planted churches, discipled new believers and now minister to refugees. Layth tells people about Jesus at every opportunity.
Kurdistan is an autonomous region located within a larger country in the Middle East. Home primarily to Kurds, it is also the temporary home for over 2 million refugees from neighboring countries and internally displaced people (IDPs). Entrust offers ministry training, refugee relief and family camps here.
CAPITAL: Erbil (Arbil or Irbil)
PEOPLE FROM THE BIBLE THOUGHT TO BE BURIED HERE: Jonah in Mosul (ancient Nineveh), Nahum in Qosh, Ezra in Azair, Daniel in Kirkuk.
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