Rocket strikes didn't stop us from getting needed food parcels and medicines to 7 communities, 4 of which had active shelling, with over a half dozen landing less than 100-200 meters away.
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The following thoughts from the morning of 28 June helps capture some of what is going on here as we labor each day to bring hope and help to a stricken land:
This world appears to be increasingly unhinged: natural disasters appear to be increasing, wars and conflicts, plagues and famine. Displaced peoples, less than 10 million at the turn of the century now approaches 100 million worldwide. How are we to interpret these times? What can we do? What is Sojourners United preparing to do with help of...
God continues to do amazing things, opening wonderful opportunities to work with other groups and build deep friendships. Doors are opened to get medical gear for a trip to help those in Ukraine. Highlights of this trip include:
With the chaos and confusion of Afghanistan fresh in our minds from when the US pulled troops out, Karla purposefully travels to Iraq to be there when all US combat troops in Iraq leave. She wants the Iraqi's to know we will stand with them.
Sometimes things seem to take so much effort, but then God breaks through and opens the doors! And it is wonderful when this happens. One of the biggest examples of this was being able to rent a base house so that we could now establish a means to store medical equipment in order to be ready to respond when needed....
While still awaiting IRS processing of our non-profit application in the US, we receive word that Northern Iraq is ready to approve our request to operate in Iraq. As Country Director, Eric leaves on short notice, and highlights include:
Travel during COVID is not easy. Our mandatory COVID tests results to travel come back just before heading to the El Paso airport and everything appears "good to go". However, in Dallas, we are deplaned when the Airline reps are reviewing our tests and note that the result does not state "PCR" on it. What are we to do? Is...
When your plans are completely thrown to the wind, destroyed, what do you do? Join us on one adventure where God opened up incredible doors. Like the signature TV story turned movie "mission impossible", can you find the instruction tape, that lets you know that God has a special mission for you? It might not be the entire...
At long last we were heading back into Iraq. Two previous flights had been cancelled due to Covid shutting down airports and airplanes. But now with one airline flying again, we headed out, carrying with us nebulizers and medicines that could be used to assist with Covid patients.
When you retire, where do you want to take your first trip? When you are celebrating your 30th Wedding Anniversary, where do you picture it being? What do you do when your "A" plan collapses, followed by your "B" plan, followed by your "C" plan?
In February 2019, Karla teamed up with the Free Burma Rangers to go into Syria. As they entered into Syria, I lost complete text communication ability with Karla until when she finished her trip almost one month later. (Click title to get entire story)