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.

“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.

A fire is spreading…

This journal entry from when I was in the Burma jungle has been burning in me today. I feel like its for more than just the pages of my journal. We felt called to help the refugees and God has opened those doors but we did not anticipate the response in ourselves, in our homes, and in our communities. God is so much cooler than we think. He is using this to shake us up in ways we didnt expect. I wrote about this fire and call 6 years ago but only now do I feel myself letting it burn and I feel like it was written for such a time as this. I encourage you to let it burn and let it spread. The world is dark right now and it needs people on fire to light it up.

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I had an awesome experience today. I went running in the pouring rain along the riverside, the Burmese mountains to my right and the Thailand mountains to my left. The rain was heavy but refreshing, the dark green mountain tops had a thick mist around them. I was looking at Burma and stopped in my tracks. I stood looking thru the rain into the jungle thinking of  all that I had just seen and learned of what happens behind the cover of the thick trees, the murder, torture, rape. I thought “Lord, please don’t call me there” Then this song came on my headphones “in the fire” is the only words I remember. At that moment I felt God saying “In the fire you will find Me”… the story of meshack, shadrack and the other guy came alive to me. I could almost see the flames craving to incinerate my flesh to ashes, burning hotter the longer they waited to throw me in. Those men denied the fear that pumped thru their veins and did not bend their knee to it. They walked into that fire fueled by their deep love for the truth and majesty of God. It was in the fire God stood beside them. As the song played on, my mind was filled with phrases, pictures, stories…God will always encourage us, speak to us, hope for us but to encounter Him, to have Him walk with you in the fire, to experience His presence like never before u have to step into the fire…my mind cant comprehend it.

Refining fire. Fire has so many amazing purposes when thought of in connection with Gods will. I am becoming fascinated with it. We are to go into the fire. God is always in the thick of the fight and He wants us near to Him. Fire sets fire to everything it touches. You and I were baptized with the Holy Spirit and with Fire. Fire is contagious, fire is engulfing, it is powerful, fierce, intense. The very word brings forth an emotion. Someone said to be on fire, is a person of passion, action, and conviction. Knowing we are the fire of the world, the light of the world is incredibly freeing for someone like me who despises the boring, rigid life religion tries to constrict people to. God always calls us into the fire to fully experience Him, to be purified-as fire purifies gold., and to be so engulfed in it that we emerge a passionate flame that burns brightly in the darkest night,  a flame so intense it sets fire to everything it touches. You in Christ are free to live on fire. Fire is pure and fierce, darkness cannot contain it or diminish it. You are to be the same in the world, deeply rooted and so filled with God that wordly ways and desires do not extinguish who you are in God, instead your life, if you fuel the fire of God, will captivate others and dance against the deepest darkness. To know that God has set us free, to live out loud our passions burning inside is exhilarating.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of shadow and death, a light has dawned” Isa 9.2 Our very life is meant to shine into others darkness, we are to live a life that showers hope. You have the potential to shine a light on those sitting in deaths shadows. “let your light shine before others” Mt 5.16 Realizing that this fire that God sets to our life is not for us alone is sombering (I don’t think sombering is a word but it is now) yet exciting. We carry this responsibilty to keep the oil replenishing our fire so that we will have the opportunity to provide a saving light “to set those in darkness free” Is 42.

I’ve always been drawn to that verse that says to set the captives free and we can do that by living out loud, passionate, and fully alive…? Wow, what opportunity. I hope our lives of freedom in Jesus and passion will set free those living with their light constricted under a bowl of religious crap to shine and those who don’t even know any light.  We can save people and pierce satans darkness by filling our lampstand with the oil of His presence.

The voice of the Lord calls to each of us that are willing to be set on fire “whom shall I send and who will go for us” I hope you answer as Isaiah did “Here am I, send me” 6.8 and when you step into His fire you will emerge refined, purified, burning, and contagious. You will come forth as gold and open your eyes to these words “Arise, shine for your light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you…the gentiles shall come to your light and the kings to the brightness of your rising” Isaiah 60.1,3

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.