“I was a stranger and you invited me in…” – Matthew 25:35
There was a knock, then Ammar’s wife opened the door to find a man and his son standing there. The man explained that they had escaped from Mosul and were looking for a place to stay. Ammar’s wife told him, “We are Christians.” Bursting into tears, the man responded, “I and my family love Christ.” The couple invited them in and prayed with them. Then the man left to get the rest of his family. For Ammar and his wife, strangers at the door had been revealed as family in Christ. For the family from Mosul, the Lord had provided shelter and hospitality in a time of desperate need.
Christians are opening their doors across Iraq, welcoming those who have been driven from their homes by fighters from the group called Islamic State. Such hospitality shines brightly in these dark times, putting the love of Christ into action against the fear and chaos of Islamic State.
ANM’s partner in the region is helping Christians provide displaced persons with necessities like winter clothes, shampoo, towels, diapers, and first aid kits. We are collecting items to fill a shipping container for Iraq. We hope to send it at the end of October so that it arrives before winter.
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