Release International’s partner in Iraq is receiving increasing favour from the government in Kurdistan.
Hand of Help has been asked to develop the region’s constitution and to work with the parliament to build bridges between different religious groups.
‘It’s a great honour for them to trust us with this responsibility,’ says Release partner Jamal Liddawi.
Hand of Help has been assisting the church in Kurdistan to support Christians who have been driven from their homes further south in Iraq, along with Muslim refugees from Syria.
In recognition of their work, they have received an Emblem of Appreciation from the Kurdish parliament.
That work has included supplying regular food baskets to 600 refugees living in a camp and in temporary homes in the principal city, Erbil.
Despite the recent crisis in Iran, which has also impacted Iraq, Jamal Liddawi says:
‘Our team is safe. Thank you for your concern. Please keep praying, supporting and standing with us to see the kingdom of God coming to this region.’
Over the past year, Hand of Help ran vocational training courses for refugees at its centre in Erbil.
Alongside Bible courses, 185 students were given practical training in sewing, computing and in electrical work. In fact, the work is growing so rapidly that they need a new building.
The church is growing in Kurdistan. Erbil has become a safe haven for Christian refugees, who are reaching out to help others.
With the blessing of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Hand of Help distributed 3,000 Kurdish Bibles to the army, national libraries and universities, and translated and printed 20 Christian books.
Jamal Liddawi will be embarking on a speaking tour with Release shortly. Please check the Release website for details.