Christmas in Kurdistan

New frontiers are opening in the refugee crisis.

Over the past 6 weeks, the YWAM Refugee Circle team launched new pioneering efforts in Iraqi Kurdistan. Partnering with our friends at Frontier Alliance International Relief (FAI Relief), Gerard, Tori and Emily from YWAM Biarritz in France are our “first-in” team on the frontline, receiving displaced people from Mosul.

Through FAI’s connections, we have helped them build up both a Casualty Collection Point (CCP), as well as a mobile clinic to treat both Peshmerga forces and families coming out of the city of Mosul. Working together, we’re creating a platform for medical personnel to directly assist on the frontline, close to ISIS territory. As Mosul becomes one of the last holding points for the terror-group in the region, many local civilians find themselves in the middle of consistent bombardment and city fighting.

The Peshmerga forces have played an essential part in the Mosul offensive and rescuing of civilians
Hundreds of displaced people have already been liberated, with only more to come

There are over one million civilians left in the city, and many have been encouraged to flee their homes for safety. Recognising the impending humanitarian crisis, our team has also spent time developing a reception centre and aid distribution plan for families that cross the border from ISIS territory into Iraqi Kurdistan.

This is just the beginning. As we see more families cross the Nineveh plains, need for developed receiving points grows - a place where they can get fundamental aid: water, blankets, food, tea, basic medical care and smaller shelters for overnight stays. Our hope, prayer, and continued endeavour is towards creating a dignified, joyful space, while they wait to transition to more permanent UN camps.

In moving closer to the frontline and one of the origins of the refugee crisis, our prayer is that we can bring compassion and the Kingdom even further into Mosul and the greater Middle East, and that doors for sharing hope continue to open.

Prayer points:

- For the light of Christ to shine brightly here, as we continue to break ground. For hope, compassion and great love to be poured out, over and through each team member to the people we’re serving.

- Favor with government leaders, organizations, and NGO’s here on the ground, as we continue to connect, build and establish efforts in this area of the world.

- Donations and continued support through medical supplies, water, clothing, blankets, distribution tents, etc.

- Committed individuals who are called to dig in and coordinate for 3+ or 6+ month periods in this region of the world.

- There is great need for our partner here, FAI Relief, to purchase an armored vehicle or two. This purchase will allow teams to not only give medical care at mobile clinics close to the city, but also to go into the city itself, where the elderly or disabled cannot make the long journey out to safety and medical care. We’d love prayer for partners to catch the vision of binding up the broken, and bringing the light of hope to these dark places, as well as for financial investment in this larger project.

Thank you so much for your prayer, your support, and your hearts to see the refugees around the world be justified. And last, but not least, Merry Christmas!

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