by Marcus Koss 150 Lives Impacted Soran, Erbil, Iraq
Trip Cost: $3,000Hear The Cry has felt called into Iraq due to the turmoil and refugee situations. To a country that for the most part, nobody is ...
Trip Cost: $3,000
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 calls us into the places that everybody else is running away from . We want to run into this beautiful historic country in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq to love like Jesus, work with the orphans and refugees, and to offer education.
We believe education is a major culture shaper in the future of a country when it comes to poverty alleviation, equality in education, and even the education around beliefs and religion. This type of education is huge to opening doors of acceptance and mercy.
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 when Isis took over their village, and came to safety, 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.