Here is the most recent update from our friends in Jordan. Over the past year, more than 7000 Christian Iraqi refugees have entered Jordan seeking refuge and peace from all the horrific crimes they witnessed in Iraq. Being a refugee causes stress and hopelessness to many. They have suffered for their faith in Jesus Christ and we, as their brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide need to step up and care for them. All they want is to live an honorable and peaceful life, and watch their children grow up without the terror of war haunting them.
Dinner for Christian Iraqis
This month, Manara was able to provide over 275 people with a hot meal; rice, sauce and meat, with a drink. They were invited to gather in a large church hall and enjoy eating their meal without worry.
During the meal, a young boy about 5 years old, hesitantly walked up to the serving table and shyly stood there and asked “Can I have another piece of meat, just one?” A heart breaking scene, as many people in the world today do not need to think twice about having another piece of meat or chicken.
Gilead Summer camps have started!
The first summer camp of this year has started with great excitement and a lot of preparation. There are around 120 campers who are attending the camp and 35 volunteers who are able to serve the campers and lead them in these five days. The influence of Camp Gilead cannot be overestimated for during these summer weeks many Middle Eastern young people commit to following the Lord Jesus.
The five days of camp are full of different activities, ranging from sports, team building games, seminars, sermons and praise and worship times. For many campers this will be the first time they hear about Jesus in such a life changing way. They will be able ask questions and engage in discussions about any topic regarding the Christian faith. We pray that in this short time the campers will be able to experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and may they know Him as Lord and Savior. One of the wonderful facilities in Gilead camp this year is a new play ground recently built to accommodate more campers than ever before.
Our partners at Manara International are working on various projects that aim to comfort and support as many Christian refugees as possible. Thank you for your compassion and for your friendship. You are a constant encouragement to all those working with Manara and the people that they serve.
If the Lord leads you to share a special gift today to help in the covering some of the operational costs of the camps and the costs of the new court that was built that would be a great help. These gifts will support them as they minister to the campers and demonstrate his love. Gifts can be sent to Hope Builders at PO Box 91359, Austin, TX 78709 or given on the HBI contribution page.