Anglican Aid (Australia) supporting Iraq through St George’s Baghdad

We are very grateful that Australian members of our various congregations and friends of the diocese can now make tax deductible donations to support the relief work in Iraq.

Make a donation via Anglican Aid in AustraliaSince April 2015 Anglican Aid has been sending AU$ 31,000 every two months to St George’s Church in Baghdad, which directs the funds to persecuted minorities in Northern Iraq through other churches. Anglican Aid is encouraging the network of supporters to continue to support Iraqi minority groups through prayers and tax deductible financial support.

Direct Deposit donations can be made to Anglican Aid‘s bank account:
BSB 032078
Account Number 253522
Account Name: Overseas Relief and Aid.

Please email the Anglican Aid office with details of donations made at Cheques can be posted to – PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office, NSW 1230. ABN59792865372

All donations are tax deductible.

Once emergency activities have ceased any excess funds will be used by Anglican Aid to assist long term development objectives in the country where the emergency occurred. Emergency funds are not retained for emergencies or activities elsewhere.

Compassion in Action: St George’s Baghdad

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A recent substantial donation from the Church of the Epiphany in Doha, Qatar, has enabled Fr Faiz Jerjes, our priest in Baghdad, to serve the physical as well as the spiritual needs of the many internally displaced Iraqis who have fled Da’esh (Islamic State) in the Mosul and Nineveh Plain area and are now at and around St George’s.

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In these pictures Fr Faiz and his wife Nawal, together with the congregation, are seen providing fans, fridges, water and air coolers, televisions, and more to sixty or so families whose lives have been uprooted.  They have also been offering food and entertainment in the new church hall above the school and kindergarten premises.

To make a donation towards the continuing aid work in Iraq please click HERE.


From Fr Faiz in Iraq

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This message was recently posted a few days ago by Fr Faiz on his Facebook page. Please share this among your church families, networks and prayer groups.

I was on a visit to a camp for displaced people in Koysinjaq area at Erbil, in last June to provide some assistance to our brothers of the Yazidi and Alkaki (Kurdish Muslim community) who fled from Mosul and Nineveh plain by the help of few ministers brothers to me, who gave honor to serve with indescribable love, may God bless them, compensate them in his kingdom for their love in serving others and their efforts that do not know boredom.

The thing that had made me to stop for a moment and think on those displaced, was the joy that appeared on their faces, and especially children not because they got something but because they knew that there are people taking care of them even after ideas of isolation and despair had captured their minds. May our Christian brothers say” Do you help our Christian brothers well enough in order to take care of other displaced religions?” I’d say … I do not … you’re right, but this is Jesus’ love, spoken when He said “love your neighbor as yourself” and my neighbor is the man that God created in his image, regardless of religion or doctrine, color or shape.

I also visited Christian camps in Ankawa. We have made great efforts to provide transportation and tanks for storage water to them. We know very well summer suffering is different from the rest of the seasons because of the brutal heat, which the disabled, children and those with chronic diseases. This is not a privilege or favour from us. We do charity works for we are servants. We have pledged in one day in front of God to serve others as our teacher Jesus Christ, glory to him, who says to us and to those who follow him, “I did not come to be served but to serve.” If we truly want to live Jesus’ word and actually act it on the ground … there are opportunities ahead of us as ministers and lay people who can give to those whose life destiny deprives them of the most basic elements of a decent living.

Whoever has ability to give and supply, should do it and if he can not let him help in the work of God appreciate it or to pray recalling always the word of the Lord (love, hope, faith), but the greatest of these is love, because it and He never went away.

Father Faiz
St George’s, Baghdad


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Three places of conflict: Pray

In a Middle East full of conflict and heartache please pray in particular for three places in our own diocese. They are all dear to us.

In Baghdad worship continues unimpeded and the life of St George’s is strong. Fr Faiz Jerjes and his wife Nawal are at the centre of the community. The kindergarten and early-years school, the clinics, the bookshop, and the ministry of food distribution are still the signs of commitment that they always have been. But the nation of Iraq is under huge threat from Da’esh or IS fundamentalism and the strain is bound to affect all who live there, Christians especially. There are many internally displaced people, from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Others are refugees in neighbouring countries in appalling conditions. A certain number have departed for good from the Middle East, and others long to, but they know that their native land will always be Iraq and their hearts are troubled. Pray for all traditions of Christianity in Iraq, remembering especially His Beatitude Louis-Raphael I Sako, the Patriarch, who knows St George’s and Faiz well. Pray for Muslims, Yezidis, Mandaeans, and others. Pray for politicians to be bold and honest and for the people to be comforted.

In Aden we hold our breath in a still unfolding national crisis affecting the whole of the Yemen. The former, deposed president, Al Abdullah Saleh, is deeply implicated in the Houthi rebel advance and plainly wishes to regain power by any means. A little while ago it was necessary for the Revd Velvet John and his wife the Revd Vijaya John to relocate to India when things became too dangerous for foreigners. Our Roman Catholic neighbour, the priest at St Francis, has had to do the same in consultation with his bishop. Our Pakistani family at Christ Church also left, at the last possible moment, for Pakistan via Djibouti. Our clinic has, at the time of writing and again at the last possible moment, suspended its work, mainly because medical staff are unable to travel to Ras Morbat each day. The redoubtable and outstanding Mansour Khan, general administrator and, as it were, father to Ras Morbat and its community, is watching ceaselessly as the crisis develops. Pray for him, for Viyaya and Velvet, for the people of the beleaguered city, and for order and justice to come to the Yemen at last.

Finally, and sadly, conflict of a different sort continues to trouble the Dubai chaplaincy and the priest whose licence I withdrew after much reflection in January still persists in operating without authority and in confusing and misleading many. Pray for all the people and for faithful pastors, especially Fr Tim Heaney at Jebel Ali, who holds my licence, and for Diane his wife. Pray for the reputation of the chaplaincy, gained through forty and more years by the firmness of its witness, the decency of its worshippers, and its known anchoring and rooting in the worldwide Anglican family, to be restored and enhanced.

In Christ.

+ Michael

Some bits and pieces as we leave Iraq

From Julia Lewis as she and Bishop Michael prepare to leave Iraq today…

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Vice President of Iraq Dr Ayad Allawi and Bishop Michael Lewis

Yesterday Bishop Michael, Fr Faiz, Nawal, Dawlat and I paid a visit to the orphanage run by the Mother Theresa’s Sisters of Charity for children with various sorts of severe handicap and disability. Once again we were moved by the warm greeting we received. There are about 21 children there at any one time. Some of the children recognised us from previous visits and delighted in showing us their progress. Nour, aged 14, has only one small foot with two beautiful polished toes and she was keen to tell me she was using the nail polish our daughter Eleanor sent her. Nour speaks good English and attends school, where her writing has really improved. She writes holding the pencil between her neck and her shoulder. She is also pretty good on an iphone using her two toes! Two other little boys, Joseph and Jacob, who are brothers continually argued because one wanted to show us his building blocks while the other wanted to tidy them away in a bag. Nawal brought them all winter hats which one little boy quickly turned into a bag to carry his bricks. It is always moving to see how the nuns and the women helpers look after and love these children.

Later in the evening, after attending a baptism party, Bishop Michael visited Ayatollah Hussein al Sadr, well known to him from previous visits. The Ayatollah, though confined to bed after a major operation on his back, spoke long and engagingly on the real truths of love at the heart of real religion.

This morning (7 January) Bishop Michael and I paid a call on the Vice-President of Iraq, Dr Ayad Allawi. Joined by several senior colleagues, Dr Allawi stressed the seriousness of the present situation in Iraq and praised all sections of the Christian community for having a heart for the good of the nation as a whole. He had visited St George’s during Christmas worship and paid tribute to what he had found, especially the clinic and the kindergarten, offering hope to Iraqis of all creeds. Fr Faiz and Mr Dawlat Abouna were also part of the visit.

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