Although the battle continues for Kobane, many of the area’s Kurdish residents have fled. After initially crossing over to Turkey, most are either now in northern Iraq or still in Syria but living in refugee camps near the northeast border with Iraq. All this as recent UN statistics put the total number of refugees, or displaced people, at more than 7 million, nearly half of the total population of Syria.
Last week the Middle East saw one of the most severe winter storms of 2014/15. Snow has been falling since Jan. 8 at higher elevations and even at some places lower than 1,000 meters above sea level, like here in the Jerusalem. As a result, the situation for many of the refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, southeast Turkey, Syria and northern Iraq has become quite difficult and even serious.
In our desire to continue to support many of our partners along the Isaiah 19 Highway who are working with refugees, we want to continue to ask you to support relief efforts in the region. One of our main partners in Erbil, Iraq has had the unique privilege of welcoming refugees from the Kobane area into his church. Most if not all of these Kurds are Muslims, so please pray that the mercy shown them by Muslim-background believers breakdowns barriers to the gospel message.
Israeli team preparing to travel to refugees
To contribute financially
If you would like to contribute to either the ongoing relief effort in the region or the team that will be traveling this winter from Israel, please give through one of our partners below.
- Donate through
- Christ Church Jerusalem (Israel)
- Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (UK)
- Caleb Company (US)
The funds will be used to continue to support the families housed in a church in Erbil as well as those still in tents. The biggest needs are heating fuel for the buildings, food supplies and basic needs like gas heaters for those in the tents and living on the streets.