Farming God’s way. What does that mean? Local farmers learned all about it when teachers from South Africa visited Kurdistan last fall. Entrust’s Fuad N., Kurdish and South African farmers learned and were encouraged together while gaining new ideas about farming methods in the fields of Kurdistan.
More people came to this summer’s Entrust family camp in Kurdistan than ever before – almost 200, including children and staff. People came from all the churches in the area. Some Entrust families and friends of Entrust helped in various ways, including with teaching and worship, crafts and face painting, kids’ and teens’ programs and building relationships. Even though this year’s camp was one day longer than previous camps, people wrote on their evaluation forms that they felt the time went by too fast. Praise God for this growing avenue of encouragement to entire families here.
by Fuad N.
Two million refugees have come to our area. Over the past year, we’ve distributed 1,000 swamp coolers, 1,900 propane bottles and wheelchairs. We conducted a medical clinic. We’ve met with, fed and prayed with many peshmerga who fight on the front lines for our country. Our church offered the gift of a Bible to anyone who wanted one.
A refugee crisis means disruption in school. We help support – with equipment and supplies – seven schools educating approximately 4,000 students.
We have built 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 gain marketable skills and hope in all areas of life.
Our Family Camp focused on serving those who serve refugees. Many of these workers are displaced themselves, but they have a passion to share hope with those who’ve lost everything. At camp, they exchanged stories and encouraged each other. What a delight to see so many different types of people spending time 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 serve those in need. – Fuad
by Emily T.*
I think it all started when people at the refugee church found out I played the violin. They pitched in and the church gave me a violin as a birthday present to use in helping lead worship.
One of the guys on the worship team was a 17-year-old who was writing his own worship songs in his language, but never had any formal music education. So I started teaching him the basics of reading piano music and Western music theory. Then a 17-year-old girl at the refugee Bible Institute, with whom I’d developed a friendship, expressed an interest in learning violin. I thought, “I’ve never taught lessons before, but I have been given knowledge and other people want it, so why not try to pass it on as best I can?”
Then it was the Christmas “choir” that got me into teaching a voice class. The only training I’ve had has been a few semesters of college chorale, but again, they had a desire to learn and I actually had something to give them.
I trust these students will lead the church into richer worship through the songs, voices and instruments they have to offer to God. I was super excited to use my God-given gifts in that way.
*Emily served at Entrust’s refugee Bible Institute in the Middle East in 2015 and 2016. She arrived willing to help out in any way possible, to encourage eager students and local Christians. Her willingness opened some surprising and beautiful ministry doors. Emily was Entrust’s first STEP (gap-year internship program) participant. Who’s next? Maybe you, or someone you know? Get in touch with us at STEP@Entrust4.org
Please pray for:
- the people of Kurdistan. Many are afraid and want to flee as violence continues and as economic problems mean severely reduced or no income. Pray for Entrust’s Layth I. and Fuad N. who continue to train Christians and need mature Christians to stay in the land; pray as they minister to refugees and proclaim Christ to a desperately hurting population.
- the 12 graduates from our Bible Institute in the Middle East, to know God’s leading and serve him well wherever he leads them; for Matthew and Sarah’s (Bible Institute directors) health, strength and discernment in selecting a new class of students and guest professors for next school year.
- one of Entrust’s Asia teams, experiencing visa problems related to their country of service.
- Entrust staff members who are raising support for the first time or in need of additional support.
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The word we use to describe the completion of a course of study literally means “beginning.” As Entrust’s Dwight Ekholm recently told the graduates of our Bible Institute in the Middle East, this is not the end of their biblical and theological education; it is the commencement of a new chapter in their lives of ministry and continued learning. For those 12 graduates, and the graduate in your world, the classic Carpenters’ song rings true: “We’ve only just begun!”
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