Thursday, August 14, 2014

Iraq - Post 1

Monday August 13, 2014

Dear Friends,

Please read the communication below.  This is a delicate situation.  After reading this, if you desire to work further please email ORH of your wishes.  These brothers in Christ need help because of the situation of persecution. 

Large organizations are possibly unaware of the needs of these churches.  The true Bible believing churches are small and will only receive help through a sources such as Sam Stricklin and Edgar Feghali.  I can tell you that his trust rating is overwhelming.

This is a message from Sam Stricklin.

Dear Jan,

This is the update on the situation in Iraq.

1. I am told that there are no more Christians living in the city of Mosul due to the recent ISIS takeover in this area.  This was the area that Saddam Hussein was from.  However, there are ten churches approximately 10-15 miles from Mosul and the believers are in desperate need. They are without electricity, fuel, and food.  A few families group together to dig wells by hand in order to obtain water. Supplies cannot be sent to them; however, money can be sent (smuggled) in only via taxi drivers whom they know and trust. [Our church in Baghdad has collected an offering and sent it to these people.)

2. Many believers have fled to Kurdistan. Pastor Maher has a man out of his church in Baghdad who moved to Kurdistan to start a church a few years ago and he knows other believers there. He can get funds through his contacts there to the refugees. They are in dire need of blankets and food. They would also have an ongoing opportunity to share the gospel with these people.

3. Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled to Lebanon, and many of them are located near where one of our churches is located.  That church has attempted to assist them in whatever way they can. There is an Assyrian Church in their area which many of the refugees are connected to, and they are in need of food and other personal needs.  This church and Pastor (Milad Khaled) would be happy to see that any funds sent for the Iraqis were properly distributed.

Thank you very much for you contacting me about this need.

Sam Stricklin

I also have spoken with Edgar Feghali who has direct contact with the above described situation.  Both Sam and Edgar have given me good intelligence of the present situation.  Your help could save the lives of godly, desperate people fleeing persecution.  Dr. Feghali told me in the conversation that they are planting land-mines in homes of fleeing Christians.  If they return to their homes they would trip the land mines.

We will attempt to help these churches by the method described above.  As soon as we are certain the money is reaching the churches and being used as stipulated, we will publish this fact.

Again let me emphasize the delicacy of this situation.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P. O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check “International Relief.”

God bless all who try to help these believers who have faced extermination and now are suffering as refugees.

Please let ORH know your wishes.

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610