Throughout Iraq, ISIS persists in their persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. In the wake of American journalist John Foley’s execution, the stakes have never seemed higher for those still in their path.
As ISIS threatens to take over, Canon Andrew White, otherwise known as the Vicar of Baghdad, refuses to abandon his people. Even though many have suggested that he go back to the safety of England, and although he suffers from multiple sclerosis, White continues to minister to Christians and Muslims alike.
Charles Morris, speaker for HAVEN Today, caught up with the Vicar of Baghdad to talk about why he has stayed in Iraq.
Earlier this month, White spoke to the Anglican Communion News Service about a horrific event that took place,
I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half. I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.
This happened in the town of Qaraqosh, which ISIS knew to be a Christian community.
When speaking to Charles last Thursday, Canon White explained what ISIS is really trying to do and what they are capable of.
When asked about how we should pray for his people and others affected by ISIS, Canon White gave 3 ways to pray:
- Protection: Pray that we may be shielded from the danger around them.
- Provision: Pray that we may be provided for, while being able to provide for others who have nothing and are in great need.
- Perseverance: Pray that we keep moving forward in our faith and our hope and our trust in the Lord, so that we may never give up.
In other parts of Iraq, there are still hundreds of thousands of refugees without money and shelter. Samaritan’s Purse has been on the ground since the beginning of the conflict offering relief to many. Will you join Haven Ministries in following Canon White’s example and empower others to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Iraq?
*Haven Ministries’ policy for relief funds is “not a dime for Haven.” Your entire gift will be directed to IRAQ: Help+Hope relief efforts unless otherwise designated.