Iraq is also a land that has seen much bloodsed and terrible suffering in recent decades. From 1980 to 1988 Iraq fought a war with Iran, causing a million casualties. During 1985 to 1991, Saddam Hussein destroyed 3,800 Kurdish villages and towns in Iraq, deported 500,000 people to distant camps, and killed up to 250,000 civilians. This was followed by the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam.
The years since have been filled with violence from terrorists seeking to destabilize the country. Millions fled to other parts of Iraq or to neighboring countries. All this contributes to a new openness, at least for now, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
CAM sent a team to Iraq from August to October of 2007 to research the needs and what we can do to help. The team focused on both physical needs and spiritual opportunities. They made many contacts and did several experimental projects. Based on this research, Project Iraq will, Lord willing, consist of the following:
Sheep: Provide two ewes and two lambs each to approximately 1,000 needy Iraqi families. This will give them wool, milk, and offspring, and a good boost to become self-supporting.
Food parcels: Provide food parcels to several thousand poor families in Iraq and refugees in Jordan. The parcels will come from CAM's warehouse in Pennsylvania.
Bible story books: Distribute thousands of CAM's 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible in the Arabic language in Iraq and surrounding countries, as well as 25 Favorite Stories from the Bible in Behdini and Sorani (two Kurdish languages spoken in northern Iraq).
The total estimated cost of Project Iraq is $500,000.
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Monday, 24 March 2008