Dear Friend of the Fatherless,
Scott and I have just returned from a very eventful and productive trip to Iraq. Besides viewing the new World Orphans office there, we had the opportunity to meet with key leaders in government as well as interact with children that have been orphaned and abandoned in the country.
(PIERCING THE DARKNESS: The World Orphans office sign in Iraq)
(FOR THE LEAST OF THESE: Paul and Scott with some of the Iraqi children they spent time with)
We invite you to read the posts below to experience some of the journey and its achievements.
Thank you for your heart for the Iraqi churches, people...and orphans.
Nazis? – Obviously we were prepared to perhaps encounter militant Muslims on this trip, but Nazis???
Lost Sheep – A stopover in Jordan reveals a valley steeped in deception and betrayal
All – Sometimes you have to travel halfway around the world to hear additional perspectives on the Great Commission
Second Time Around – Iraq, a country of extremes
Potholes – The truth is often said in jest
Sowing Seeds: Mohammed and Jihad – Namesakes of Islam, receptive to the love of Christ
Kidnappers and Angels – A man avoids what he had once hoped to become
Circle of Tears – Not far from our location, a woman suffered the cruelest demise
Bastards (part one) – A derogatory term here; the shame of children there
Bastards (part two) – Oftentimes, you have to even implore the Church to have the compassion of Jesus
Close Proximity – Bombs to the left of us, bombs to the right. Fifty miles away, but a stark reminder of the dangers of the region
Cold Streets – Snow in Iraq? Street children have to endure harsh climate extremes
Gatekeepers (part one) – Not exactly the scene a typical tourist would encounter
Gatekeepers (part two) – Rolling out the read carpet for World Orphans
Art of Suffering – Blast barriers reveal the pain of the people
Each One a Treasure – The faces of the children
Return – The joys of traveling from a conflict-torn country
Until They All have Homes,
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