by Andy Kost 300 Lives Impacted Soran, Erbil, Iraq
Hear The Cry has felt called into Iraq due to the turmoil and refugee situations. To a country that for the most part, nobody is going into. Jesus...
On the ground, Billy Ray and his family have been living in northern Iraq for the past six years and has been working with the mayor on a community center school for skills training, English classes and Kurdish classes. Our partnership with Billy Ray and Restore International will help launch this school. Last fall as the school was being developed, 120 people hiked over the mountains to safety when ISIS took over their village and are now living as refugees on this property. This is where we will make our home for the week.
Our teams will spend time with the refugees during the days. Helping to winterize or de-winterize their tents, provide them with food and provisions for cooking, listen to their stories, and build relationships with them. In the afternoons we will work with the kids in an after school program that offers music, arts, games, help with homework, and a place for the children to continue to learn. Our evenings will be spent with the team.