Hello Again from the Nineveh Plains! I am writing to you from my room on the outskirts of the capital city of Kurdistan, which just recently had a referendum vote to separate from Iraq. (I took the above photo of the Citadel just before the vote) This has consequently caused a lot of push back from Iran, Turkey and of course Iraq. Baghdad has demanded that the Kurds hand over control of the Erbil International Airport (which I can view from my window) as well as all border crossings by 6pm local time tomorrow. In light of this, our Country Office took the precaution of getting all personnel that were able to work remotely, out of the country so that if the airport is shut down there will be a smaller footprint of people to look after.
For now, I am still in the country trying to continue our program while stationed here in the heart of Kurdistan, however, the town of Qaraqosh that I am rebuilding in is located across the border in Iraq proper. We have just finished up our first 10 homes and are ready to start the next batch, so I have entrusted it to a couple of National Staff that have been working closely with me.
Here is a link to a video and short article on some of the work we are doing in Qaraqosh: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/rise-from-the-ruins/
The man featured in the video is a good friend of mine and I hope to be able to help him out in the near future! The widow and her daughter that are pictured in the linked article are one of the first 10 homes that just finished… the article picture was taken as I just finished visiting with them in their newly renovated home! (I have also attached a pic of us talking at their front gate) As my friend read Jesus’ words in the video from the burnt pages that survived the fires “… your grief will turn to joy” (John 16:20)… HIS joy is evident in the faces of these women that have received your kind gifts of prayer and support!
As I listen to the military helicopters flying overhead, it is very evident that the Enemy will go to great lengths to disrupt God’s great work here! Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support during this next bit of unrest in the area… it seems to be a way of life here, unfortunately!