Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad”, said recently:
We Christians in Iraq feel that we have been left behind, and that we have nothing… from the day the US military left, Christians felt themselves in total disarray. Violence related to religious sectarianism increased. Our people have been slaughtered, massacred, and murdered, and we have nowhere to turn.”
A friend of mine works for International Christian Concern (persecution.org) and has worked on behalf of persecuted Christians in Afghanistan and Egypt and throughout the middle east.
He’s asked me to accompany him on a trip next month to Iraq, as a videographer, to tell the stories of these believers, and why nearly 2/3 of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country since the war on terror. I’ve been asked to produce videos that will end up being used for advocacy in congressional offices and for the ICC organization.
While not part of my official duties with Africa Inland Mission, I feel these are important stories to be told. The same kind of stories I feel called to tell from Africa. Just not in Africa this time.
Canon Andrew White is working to secure my visas, and the date of the trip is rapidly approaching. In the meantime, I’m looking for donations for my expenses during this trip, which will probably be less than $2000.
If you’d like to be part of helping bring awareness through video of the plight of the Iraqi church, please contact me. And please be praying for my visa to come through in time for this trip.