In response to atrocities against Christians and others by militant Islamic groups in the Middle East region, including ISIS in Iraq, the EPC is working with Christian Aid Mission (CAM), an evangelical agency through which EPC churches and individuals can send relief funds.
EPC Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah spoke with CAM’s Middle East Area Director on August 11 and expressed “full confidence” in the organization.
“I was impressed by how much he knew about what was going on in that area,” Jeremiah said. “He told me that the local, indigenous evangelical Christian groups in Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with whom they work are seeing thousands of refugees respond to the gospel in this situation.”
A non-denominational mission board, CAM (www.christianaid.org) has been working among unreached people groups since 1953 and focuses on areas of the world with few Christians, where Christians suffer from poverty or persecution, or where foreign missionaries are prohibited. The organization assists more than 500 ministries with tens of thousands of indigenous and native missionaries among more than 1,000 unreached people groups in more than 100 countries. CAM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Since June, Christian Aid Mission has supplied funds to provide food, clothes, medical assistance, and shelter to refugees fleeing Mosul, Iraq. The organization reports that Mosul’s Christian population prior to the ISIS takeover in June numbered around 35,000 but was facing extermination in the wake of a July order to convert to Islam or be killed. Most have since fled the region to Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and other locations.
Donations can be sent to Christian Aid, EPC Iraqi Christians Relief, P.O. Box 9037, Charlottesville, VA 22906, or online at http://caid.us/epciraq
“My heart has been burdened more than any other time I can remember,” Jeremiah said. “Children are being killed, women are being brutalized and murdered or kidnapped, men are being crucified, beheaded or shot. The importance of prayer for these brothers and sisters in Christ cannot be minimalized, but the critical need for physical relief cannot be overstated, either.”
Donations also can be sent to the EPC Office of the General Assembly at 17197 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567, Livonia, MI 48152 or online at https://secure-q.net/Donations/EPCLivonia/1199 and choose “Emergency Relief” from the category menu, then choose “Iraqi Christian Relief (018)” from the subcategory menu. All contributions received by the EPC will be forwarded directly to Christian Aid Mission.