Children are great at seeing the world brightly and identifying the silver lining amongst the storm. In Iraq, the storm of violence from the Islamic extremist group IS has been relentless, and many are beginning to wonder if things will ever be different in their home country.
A few Iraqi children, who had to flee their homes in the summer of 2014, are receiving counseling through Open Doors. They were asked to draw their dreams, and a 13-year-old drew this and said, “I dream of becoming an architect, and go back to my city and rebuild it.”
There are now an estimated 1.5 million displaced people living in northern Iraq, including over 100,000 Christians. Overall, there are 2 million IDPs in Iraq.
Open Doors is currently ministering in a holistic way to 15,000 refugee families in the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq. The Open Doors trauma counseling program will expand its vital ministry in 2015 by hopefully adding additional counselors.
Please join us in prayer for the many refugees throughout the Middle East- that they would have the faith and vision of this 13-year-old. We ask God to give them grace and strength during this uncertain time of trauma and confusion.