“These women are strong. They are brave.”

This update was from May, written by our staff member KT. Many things have grown and changed since then and I will tell that in an update to follow:

“We have exciting news to share! Our team opened the first ever women’s safe home in Kurdistan! We welcomed 9 women and 2 children who have been rescued from ISIS into the home. The women and girls range in age from 11 to 55, but most are in their teens.

The first day in the home was filled with laughter. We drank tea, introduced ourselves, laughed when we mispronounced words in Kurdish, ate ice cream, and enjoyed each other’s company. The mood was generally light, and the atmosphere peaceful. One of the girls said that if she was at home she would be crying, but because she is here, she is happy. We did puzzles, colored, and visited. We sat quietly, gave hugs and kisses, and shared God’s love. We are incredibly thankful that love does not require you to speak the same language, because it is its own language. God’s love can be shared without ever saying a word.

We heard from many of the girls that their brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers are still captives of ISIS, or have been killed. There is a heart breaking realness when you look into their eyes and know what they have gone through. Even with our hearts breaking, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t make sense in the human realm, but that’s the point. The peace and hope that we carry is supernatural. It fully surpasses human understanding.

These women are strong. They are brave. There is an undeniable hope that they express, each one in her own way. It may be a simple smile, or words and actions, but you can see the hope that each one has for the future. We know that God has placed all of us, including each of these women, here, in this house, at this time, in this place, for such a time as this. ”

We’re so blessed to be a part of this short season in their lives. We’re blessed to play a small part in their story. And we’re blessed to know them, and to pray for them. We know that God has a plan for each of these women that He has brought to us. It’s our desire that they see the love and peace of Christ radiating through our lives and actions.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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