What a privilege it was for me to be on the ordination council and participate in the ordination ceremony of Rev. S. in Iraq last month. He is a church planter and pastor of the first ever Baptist Church in Kurdistan. We are privileged to be ministry partners with he and his wife in church planting and ministering to refugees and children.
Pastor S. is one of our four Middle East church planters. Engage with us in helping Pastor S. with prayer and financial support. He needs us in these challenging days.
With less than a month to go, we are excited that registrations are up to 25 and two Cedarville business, Brentwood Builders, and Carl Atley Farms are sponsoring the event at the gold level for $500.
Join us on November 14th at 9:00am at the Community Park in Cedarville as we raise awareness and funding to help girls who have been kidnapped by ISIS.
Our goal is to help them not only with their personal safety, but with clothing, Biblical counseling and a safe house. A number of those already rescued have come to a saving faith in Christ.
For more, go to: www.Beautifulinternational.org
Whether or not you live in Ohio (and are a proud Buckeye like this editor is), you can still help us rescue girls from ISIS in Iraq! Register at www.BeautifulInternational.org to run, walk or support from afar. If you can’t make it, register and donate the $25 suggested registration fee in a show of support for this effort. I’m looking forward to seeing all you runners and walkers there that day! Special thanks to Jewel Harkleroad for spear-heading this special event!
Many of us watching the events taking place in the Middle East have felt very frustrated and wonder, “What can I possibly do to make a difference?!”
But we do have incredible and “doable” opportunities to invest in the lives of those who have gone through some of the most difficult of circumstances that have been documented in the Middle East. I’m talking specifically about two countries: Egypt and Iraq. I’d like to share this brief account with you:
Just a few days ago I received a report of a Lebanese taxi driver who drove a sheik from the Syrian-Lebanese border to the airport in Beirut as he was making his way from Syria back to Saudi Arabia.
During the 5 1/2 hour drive to the airport, the sheik noticed that the taxi driver was a Christian. The sheik, bearded and dressed in conservative garb asked the question, “do you know how I can get a hold of a Bible?”
The taxi driver replied, “well of course.” So they drove to a place a friend of ours runs, which of course is the International Bible Society in Beirut. As they presented the Bible to him, they asked the question, “why is it that you wanted this Bible?” He responded, “I’ve been training soldiers for ISIS, and I’m sick of the killing; I think there has to be a better way.”
It’s these kinds of reports that bring hope and encouragement and remind us that God the Holy Spirit is still at work in the hearts of men and women in the Middle East.
I’m asking you: what would you be willing to do to assist in seeing people like this sheik come to know Jesus Christ as Savior? We are already working directly with those who stand on the front line in the Middle East.
And a second question: would you be willing to assist me with a one time sponsorship of $100 to help us reach a $5,000 goal to put on a conference to encourage pastors in Egypt next month?
Egypt National Pastors’ Conference – In October we will put on an Egyptian Pastor’s Conference for our national team and other Egyptian pastors who held the front lines as we in the US watched (in silence) the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power and force its repression on Egypt through torture and death in these extremely difficult years. These men stood to protect and minister to the Church faithfully.
The theme is “He Restores My Soul.” We need $5,000 for this conference as we give these precious men the opportunity of being refreshed. You can donate online and in the Donate button, select Middle East Pastors’ Conference. Thank you and God bless you.
Please pray for those of our US team ministering to these pastors and for the women’s and children’s ministry that will also take place at this time.
Iraq Church Plant Opportunity – We are assisting in another church plant in Baghdad, Iraq. We have a young man who is ready to serve the Lord in full-time service under the national Baptist church that we had a part in seeing planted in 2004 (please see last month’s “The Liaison” on page three for an article on this church plant, or on our website to read the article as a blog).
Perhaps you and your church would be willing to stand with this pastor at $100 a month and in doing so, join our Global Church Planting Initiative team. Our target for this project is $500/month. If you’d like to be one of these five elite givers in assisting people come to know Jesus Christ as Savior in the midst of the front lines, I encourage you to join with us in making this happen. Donate online and in the Donate button, select Global Church Planting Partner.
I’d like to share with you an email from one of our pastors in Iraq I received in early August. We have been helping them reach out to Shiia and Sunni Muslims who have been forced out of Ramadi and other areas by ISIS. In his own words, he thanks you too…
“I wish to thank you for your attention about the ministry with Refugees and Displaced Families in Iraq, which our church serves with them. Last Friday we had an event for 250 kids from displaced families, who are from many different backgrounds, and listened to the message from the Bible. Then, they gave toys and a Bible for kids. Attached you’ll find some photos. I wish to thank you for partnering with us to let Muslims kids listen about Jesus and His Salvation. I also want to share with you our visit to wounded soldiers who were stricken by IS in Ramadi and Tikrit. We visited 15 soldiers in the governmental hospital, prayed with them, gave to them a financial gift and a Bible. This is the Love of Christ. They were very happy for this visit, and the hospital administration appreciated our visit to them. Hope to keep us in your prayers.”
Pictured below: Pastor ministering to wounded soldiers and their families, the children listening to the Gospel, food distributed to Muslim families.
John and I and our IM staff and Iraqi team are so very encouraged by the response from many of you, our partners, to rescue and help girls kidnapped by ISIS. We have helped 63 to date and I’m asking you to pray and give generously to help many more. We are asking the Lord for the ability to train these rescued girls with jobs.
Please go to www.BeautifulInternational.org for opportunities to travel with me ministering to women, updates on projects and local meetings. Ladies, its our privilege to engage with the love of Christ with these women. The time is now!
We work with precious lives in all areas of our ministry, however, when it comes to the subject of rescuing girls from sex slavery especially under ISIS, this subject makes me angry and agitated. No young girl or woman should have to endure what they are going through. Does this stir you up too? I really hope so.
Recently, with your prayers and financial partnership, we’ve partnered with the Northern Iraq government and local ministries to rescue and help 63 girls, all of whom were kidnapped by ISIS, with clothing, medical care and counseling for the trauma they’ve been enduring. Finally, some good news; thank you for helping.
One girl Beautiful International Women’s Ministry rescued from ISIS named Misba (not her real name; I’ve given her the name Misba which means ‘innocent’), was kidnapped along with her entire family when Mount Sinjar fell last year. She was gang raped multiple times, sold twice, and is emotionally in very bad shape. We paid to have her smuggled out of the city she was in.
An international lawyer we consulted with states, there is a clear difference between participating IN the sex trade and bringing girls and women OUT of it.
These are pictures of some of these girls…I asked if they minded that their pictures were taken. No, because they want people to know what ISIS is doing, and they are deeply grateful for the help. The girl above is a cripple…she too was raped multiple times and abused. How can we stand by and not do something?!?
The needs are: Prayer and financing. I need $100,000 to help with not only rescuing girls but also getting them counseling, a safe house and into training so they can find good jobs. We have a team on the ground with the expertise to do this as well as share God’s love for them. Because of the numbers of girls rescued whose families have been killed leaving them with no place to go, we are discussing what a women’s center would look like to provide a permanent place to help many girls and women with a future.
The danger in rescuing these girls is extremely high; but there are so many who need our help. Please continue to give to help these girls. Would you help me get the word out? I’d be happy to speak to a group personally, on the phone or on Skype.
To donate to help these girls click the blue button on the right and select Miriam. Thank you!