The term ‘Lest we forget’ is often used in reference to war and the loss of life. Here I use it to remember the refugees who have been forced to leave their homes in Iraq and Syria. Last week I had the opportunity and privilege to meet a number of these people who are now living in Amman, Jordan.
The evangelical Christian community in Amman are actively reaching out to these people and showing the love of Christ. One such church is the Marka Philadelphia Nazarene Church. This church provides love, friendship, medical care, education and skills training to refugees and their families. Please see some photos. You will see some examples of beautiful woodwork the refugees have made (which are for sale along with other items such as soaps and jewellery). You will also see drawings that children have done, showing their lives under ISIS and now.
I cannot express how amazing a job that this church is doing amongst the refugee community! Some Christians have been very unwilling to help/accept refugees (even though Christ was one as an infant). Well, now you have an opportunity to make a real difference! Shop from this church and support them and the refugees in a positive way.
For further details see: http://www.facebook.com/MarkaChurchNProject/
Also see the site http://www.asenseofcommunity.org to learn more about this ministry and how you can support it.
For purchasing goods: http://www.shopwithamission.com and click on Jordan.
This weekend I have had the privilege of being in Thessaloniki, Greece to connect with Church leaders and to teach. The Anagenesis Thessaloniki Church is a wonderful group of believers from many nations with a vision to reach the people of Greece and a desire to reach and serve the many refugees currently in the country.
Mike and Maria Long along with several others give leadership to this group of believers. They are truly compassionate in their desire to reach the lost. Please be in prayer for Thessaloniki!
The last few days I served in Rivne, Ukraine. I spent time with our Ukrainian leaders, Misha and Lena Petrochenko and their two beautiful kids. The Petrochenko family are involved in several ministries and I was delighted to be able to spend time with them.
I visited and preached in a large home church group, with about 40 people in attendance. Several are refugees from the Donetsk region and have been displaced by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I am currently planning a medical and humanitarian aid trip to the war zone next year. I am in need of a dentist and a doctor to serve and medicine. Please contact me if you are interested in helping. Whilst there I will assist by providing Bibles, counseling and praying with those caught in the conflict. I will also serve as a psychiatric nurse and work with those suffering stress related illnesses.
Do you know/recognise this worship song? Check the video to hear a small part of the song.
Ukrainian food is just great! Misha and Lena never stopped feeding me 😀 One of my favourites was this traditional salad!
Please continue to pray for the Petrochenko family, their ministry and that the conflict would come to a peaceful end.
Yesterday Katica and I drove from Limerick to Monaghan (about a four hour drive) to visit a group of Congolese-Irish believers. These people fled their home country o Ireland and have become naturalised Irish citizens. Some travelled from Cavan and even as far away as Dublin to be here.
All Free Methodists, they desire to serve God and be a blessing in their communities. About 60 people were in attendance last night to hear Gerry preach and they tell me they often have as many as 75 people at worship!. With translation into Swahili and amazing worship it was an unforgettable experience!
Please pray for them as they need to find a permanent place to worship. They also need Bibles and musical instruments. Would you like to help them? If so please contact me for further details.
Twice a month as part of her ministry, Kati is teaching English to social workers in Budapest. These social workers are helping to mediate in difficult family situations, work with refugees, help the needy etc.
By helping them with their English language skills Kati is indirectly helping the refugees in Hungary at the moment.
Please pray that she would have an opportunity to witness to them about the love of Christ.