Getting ready for deployment

Another busy day. 8,000 Trace Minerals Research Packets, $2000 worth of medical supplies, and more supplies are en route. Tourniquets and Arabic tracts were donated and ready to go to the Refugees. More potential team members are being interviewed and we also are partnering with great organizations. We have met some amazing people along the way and are amazed and humbled by what God is doing.

We are grateful to be apart of this and see Gods goodness at work but we continually feel a heavy burden to pray and cry out for mercy for those still captive, those families torn apart, those still sitting in ISIS’ shadow with no help, and for the Kurdish fighters. Please continue to intercede with us for this horrendous situation. Not one of us is helpless, please set a daily timer and choose a verse to agree with against the enemy and for the refugees, set up a prayer group, pray before bed, fast, and pray for the burden of the Lord. Ask for divine strategic prayer strategy. Please don’t neglect the power of intercession. I will leave you with this quote and hope it reminds and encourages us to intercede. It is time to go to war..

“A terrifying thing happened while evil basked in its success: prayer and fasting. A godless man had no idea the well of divine power a person could access from praying knees.” -Beth Moore writing on what was happening as the edict had gone out to slaughter the Jews.

Round 2 !!

Hello friends. Here is a long overdue update letter from the behind the scenes unit.
Jeremiah and I just returned from a week of almost daily meetings with our friend and huge supporter Steve Quayle. We hashed out and prayed together on what the Lord is leading. Nothing is for sure yet but after 2 weeks of praying and seeking and many dreams here is some of the promptings we feel so far. We want to share them with all of you as this is something that many of you have sown into and we need your prayers continuously.

On the ground in Iraq there are 2 team members, Toby and Katie, assisting CRI, another relief organization. We sent over $5300 today to the 2 team members for electrolytes, tourniquets, and misc supplies. Thank God for His provision!

We are working on a 2 fold plan back home. We are working on assembling a team for a 2nd deployment to deploy later this month. The main goal on our hearts is not only to give the Kurdish Army Medical kits, but to train the troops how to use them. We also hope to purchase more equipment, medical supplies and bring Essential Oils for refugees in an area they are worse off than those in major parts of the city. As we are over there serving we feel we need to take many notes and learn as much as we can so we can learn from and retain the experiential knowledge gained, especially if we are called to continue helping in this fashion for a longer period in Iraq or possibly other places of dire need.

Whether we stay for a prolonged period or this operation does extend to other areas of need, we desire to bring others in to help the cause and learn to deepen our spiritual walk and practical skills to fulfill the Isaiah 61 mandate along wtih learning to live under/walk out Psalm 91. We see many people that are either extremely skilled in tactical, medical, survival skills and other valuable practical skills etc… or they are very versed in spiritual matters. If we could choose one, your spiritual walk with the Lord IS the most important. But we believe we are entering a time where those lines are to be blurred. We need to seek the Lord as we use the gifts and tools He has blessed us with practically. All of it to be used for His Glory, every skill and training we need to do unto our King.

We are in the brainstorming stage on Part 2 and how we want to bring all of this together. We are waiting on the Lord for His ideas and direction. We appreciate all your support to futher help those being oppressed and to work with/train those willing to fight the oppressors like the amazing Peshmerga.

How you can get help:
1. The main things we can use to bring over are – Essential Oils (especially oils like Thieves, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Oregano/Hyssop, Ginger, Frankincense, Elemi etc) Companies we trust quality wise are Young Living and DoTerra, I’m sure there are more but we have researched both of those and they are excellent. Hydrocortisone creams and TRACE MINERALS electrolytes are also very important. You can ship them to Jeremiah F. 2551 East Ave S suite G-169, Palmdale, Ca 93550 and we will bring them with the next team members.
2. Prayer! Prayer is more valuable than gold to us. Please cover the refugees, the troops fighting, the captives, and the teams serving.
3. Financial Support: you can go to our donate tab above and donate via paypal or mail a check to the address listed above

Thank you all! It is an honor serving with you.

Jeremiah & Amanda

“God, please just give us time to help him…”

Here is a letter from Katie, the nurse on the team. She writes home that she hopes her words do justice about how she feels about this situation:

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“The first time I saw Daniel I knew he was very sick. 7 years old and 17 kg, only an inch taller than his 4 year old brother but weighing kilos less. Pale skin, sunken eyes, lethargic, difficulty breathing with activity. His parents told us he didn’t have energy to play and could barely eat anything, but boy, did that kid have a beautiful smile.

As his story came out in bits and pieces we learned that he had a pancreatic pseudocyst which had already been drained in July, but which was now back, and bigger than before… In the 7 months he has been going through all of this he went down from 25kg to 17kg, at a time when most boys his age are growing exponentially! He comes from a family of refugees, his family gets by with his dad doing odds and ends work and they have sold everything they own in the past few months trying to figure out what’s going on with their son. All we could do is try to help support his nutrition and we decided to ask if people would be willing to support a surgery which I was pretty sure was necessary to save his life.

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The next time we saw Daniel 2 days layer I was sure he was actively dying. He had refused to eat anything except 2 spoonfuls of meal replacement shake we had given him. His family had called, concerned about him, and when I walked in the room he was lying on his mat, did not stir when we walked in, or when I touched him to assess him and pray for him. In the states I would have called paramedics and had him taken to the ED, but things are different here and we could not get him into a hospital that night, we ended up just going home and I was just praying, “God, please just give us time to help him…”
I have to admit, part of me was surprised the next day when we heard, not only is he still alive, but he woke up (late) the next morning asking for food! At that point I really knew God was working in his life
So the process of figuring out what we will do began in earnest. A local contact found us a gastroenterologist. When Dr S. first saw Daniel he was horrified by how his care had been managed. The fact that an open surgery had been used to drain his cyst and no follow up care to make sure he actually recovered after his surgery. He sent us to get an MRI and MRCP to verify the location of the cyst so that we could proceed with an endoscopic drainage of the cyst. When we went back with the MRI results Dr Sami seemed more concerned and showed us the thickening of the wall of the stomach (probably scar tissue from the previous surgery) and explained that the method of drainage he would have attempted was no longer viable and referred us to a surgeon.
This Dr is a board certified surgeon in CA. He comes to Erbil every few months to do surgeries for a few weeks, and he “just happened” to be here when we needed him. He is the director of pancreatic surgery at his hospital in the states and routinely does live donor liver transplants. He assured us that the facility he uses here in Erbil and the staff that he works with are fully capable of caring for Daniel. He referred us to a pediatrician, Daniel had to be cleared for surgery by a pediatrician since he is so depleted from malnourishment. Dr K (the pediatrician) sent us for some labs…

(Daniel gives up some blood like a champ)

After getting the lab results dr K cleared Daniel for surgery and we called Dr A, who said he will do the surgery on Thursday or Saturday.
At this point we are very excited because it seems like everything is coming together for Daniel’s surgery, but we have to raise $14,000 for this surgery since it is much more complicated than what we had previously expected. We know Gods hand is on this child and we know that He will provide, and I hope that the funds come through soon so that we can see him after surgery recovering before we have to leave for home.
Thanks for your love and continued prayers,
Katie ”

The team was first told the surgery would be $4000 but then it turned out to be $14,000. As I prayed for this situation I felt like where our hearts may have dropped at the $10,000 increase..God saw an even bigger opportunity to lavish his love on Daniel and his family. IF you would like to donate for Daniels surgery please go to the DONATE tab and type DANIEL in the notes. If more then is needed comes in it will be sent over as well for supplies for the refugees.

Update to Steve Quayle from JEremiah/Training Medics!

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Teaching Combat Trauma Medical Class

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“We just finished our first training session for the Peshmerga. We taught combat trauma wound treatment, they were very appreciative. We also assessed them and passed out moral bags. Now they have asked us to go with security escorts from front line unit to front line unit teaching them how to do combat aid. We are buying and assembling trauma kits, teaching them how to use them and will be treating casualties as well. We are doing a 3-4 day mission to bring medical treatment, aid kits and training to the units who need it most.

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Soldier survived ISIS suicide bomb being treated by our team

   Attached is a picture of one of the kits we have been training them to use and have been passing out. They are about 8-2O dollars per kit, depending on the cost and availability of tourniquets. The tourniquets are extremely hard to track down, most of the soldiers have never seen one before. We’ve had to buy materials to make field expedient ones, to put in the kits now that we can’t find any more to buy

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 If people can get companies to DONATE equipment, we need CAT tourniquets, Quick Clot Combat Gauze, Hyfin chest seals, needle decompression kits and pressure bandages (Israeli type). 

 If people want to buy equipment to send to us, please ONLY BUY the tourniquets. If they want to buy anything other than tourniquets, it would be better to just donate to us because we can buy the rest of the equipment here at the local medical bazaars. Shipping stuff over here is ridiculously expensive, it’s worth it for the tourniquets because they are so hard to find here, but not worth it for anything else, as it’s much cheaper to just buy here.

 They can find the address to ship to or donate under the DONATE tab at the website fightthegoodfight91.com.  

 

 The Lord is doing a work here.

Thank you for all your help Steve, it’s truly making a difference for the refugees and the Peshmerga troops. They are standing in the gap for all of humanity, fighting the evil that is trying to force itself on the world.

Bless you and all who have helped the cause.”

Jeremiah

 

Encouraging those on the front lines…

 God has opened up an amazing opportunity to bless the Kurdish Army so they will be helping them when invited. The team is still providing food, clothing, and medical aid to the refugees. Jeremiah was amazed at the doors God is opening, thank you all for the prayers. The team made 100 care packages and treated the soldiers who have been described as being worse off than some of the refugees with no medical aid, fatigued, and fighting alone. Here is Jeremiahs email below:

“Today, we went to give the Kurdish Peshmerga (army) aid. We showed up and the high ranking officers made us sit down for a large lunch. We felt guilty eating when there are people in such dire circumstances, but we would have offended them greatly. It is their custom to bless visitors. They explained to us that they are so grateful for us to come and help, because they really need medical aid. They said they are also VERY grateful for the US air strikes that have helped them push back ISIS they said they are not just fighting for Kurdistan, they are fighting for humanity, because ISIS is against all of humanity. “

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 Please pray for the Kurdish fighters, Jeremiah was deeply moved by them and said they are fighting for all of us. They are alone on the front lines with hardly any equipment or medical aid. Many even use their own income to purchase their weapon and uniform. The kurdish army has pushed ISIS back out of a small village they took over and some refugees were able to return. Pray for them, please, they are the only ones laying down their lives on the front lives. The team attended a funeral yesterday for a Kurdish fighter who was captured by ISIS, tortured for weeks, and then murdered. 

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“It’s amazing, they have opened their lands to refugees from any creed and ethnicity. Now they fight to push ISIS back from the cities they forced the refugees out of, so they can go back home. They defend themselves and the refugees who aren’t even Kurdish. They are the ones who fought to open the road and get the 40,000 Yizidis off Mt. Sinjar. I felt such a burden to help them, to really help them any way possible. I felt so guilty our country/administration could have wiped out and can wipe out ISIS completely and does the bare minimum or less. They are so noble and honorable, I felt so appreciative for their perspective and for their willingness to stand up and fight for all of us. They are warriors with strong spirits and noble character, we delivered many care packages and aid to dozens of soldiers.                                                                      They have been persecuted for years by Saddam, and now ISIS wants to destroy them and the refugees they have taken in. Many throughout history have tried to wipe them out. They have developed a warrior culture so similar to the Israelis it’s crazy, many of the commanders look and act like Benjamin Netanyahu does, such a calm confidence and air of firmness and respect. We tried to pray for and thank every soldier, but they would always thank us so much more for coming to support them and help them, it was so moving. We prayed with each one we treated, they where so open to the prayer and it blessed them. I love these men. “

 

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It takes a lot to truly impress and move my husband, I immediately wanted to do all I could over here to rally help for them. I will post at the end what our plan of action is. 

 “It looks like they will invite us back regularly to give medical aid and they specifically requested a combat trauma class from us; what to do if your buddy gets shot…etc. Right up our alley. It will be amazing help to them to pass that knowledge on. They have guys dying from the simplest gunshot and shrapnel wounds…stuff that they shouldn’t be dying from. If they had a couple hours training, they would have lived. They are in desperate need of CAT tourniquets, if you can provide bulk shipments or get donations so we can purchase, it would be amazingly helpful and could save many lives. “

How you can help:

1.  CAT tourniquets &  sunglasses. A more detailed list is on the way. We are asking people to call military companies, gear suppliers, military surplus stores etc and see if they are willing to donate. If they are I can arrange shipping (its complicated) and can provide them documentation if needed. 

2.  Donations at the paypal button under the donations tab above and will be making purchases in country whenever the needed items are found.

3. Pray, Pray for this amazing group of men that are standing alone against such an evil. They have told Jeremiah that they feel like the world has forgotten about them and they are alone but they also tell him how grateful they are for the airstrikes.

Look for the Post titled “Plan of Action” coming soon once a detailed list and more information is finalized.