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by John Chalkias - Executive Director

In 19 years of Ministry, we at Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry have made it a point not to get political but to stay focused on our mandate: to save the lives of children and to help the poor and vulnerable. However, in light of the unprecedented events going on in Iraq where Christians and other minorities are being murdered, tortured, raped and enslaved, we feel that we need to speak up and urge our governments to respond. As a charitable organization, we have in the past been able to respond to natural disasters and catastrophes. When the cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008, we were able to immediately respond with medical aid, housing and essentials for families to survive. After the earthquake in Haiti we were able to work with our partners in sending aid and supplies there as well. We are currently ready and willing to respond to the needs of the thousands of orphaned children and needy families in Iraq, but like the other charitable and relief organizations we have contacted, we are on the side lines looking on in horror as a genocide and unspeakable crimes against humanity are committed. However, we still need to respond in whatever way we can. First we need to pray, we know God answers prayer so I ask that you commit to pray with your family for the Christians and other minorities who are suffering unspeakable cruelties. Secondly we need to raise our voice. We can do this in many ways. I, personally have changed my profile picture on Facebook to the Arabic letter "N" which stands for "Nisrani" meaning Nazarene or Christian. I urge you to do the same in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are being killed for their faith. 'N', or ن in Arabic, is the symbol used by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) to identify who is a Christian. It has been drawn on doorways and in front of houses in captured Iraqi cities, allowing militants to identify Christians much like the Nazis used the Star of David to identify Jews. By using the letter ن on social media you are raising awareness. We have also drawn up a petition and put it up on our web site and Facebook page. Please sign the petition and share the page with your friends. http://sohpetition.nationbuilder.com/

When politicians receive thousands of letters from their constituents, they take notice. On our web site you will find sample letters you can use to write your MP or congressman. Currently, the only organization that we know of that is on the ground working in Iraq is Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse has partnered with us by donating funds for many of our buildings and needs in Zambia and Myanmar. They are currently supplying tents for shelter, food, water and other essentials for refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIS. Please mark your gift "Iraq". We will send 100% of all funds received for Iraq directly to Samaritan’s Purse. And lastly, keep informed on the situation, tell others and again use your voice. All evil needs to triumph is for good people to do nothing

Crisis in Iraq - five things you can ACTUALLY do to help

 As we watch the news horrified by what we see happening in Iraq, let's not just switch the station with a feeling of helplessness. There are a number of things we can do.  The Bible urges us to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves".

 1)    We need to pray, we know God answers prayer so we ask that you commit to pray with your family for the Christians and other minorities who  are suffering unspeakable cruelties.

 2)    Raise our voice.  We can do this in many ways. Use social media to raise awareness and make a stand.  We are asking people to change their profile picture to the Arabic letter "N" which stands for "Nisrani" meaning Nazarene or Christian. Do this in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are being killed for their faith.  'N', or ن in Arabic, is the symbol used by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) to identify who is a Christian. It has been drawn on doorways and in front of houses in captured Iraqi cities, allowing militants to identify Christians much like the Nazis used the Star of David to identify Jews. By using the letter ن on social media you are raising awareness. 

 3)    Write Letters and Sign the Petition.  When politicians receive thousands of letters from their constituents, they take notice. Below you will find sample letter you can use to write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, your MP or congressman. We have also drawn up a petition and put it up on our web site and Facebook page.  Please sign the petition and share the page with your friends.  http://sohpetition.nationbuilder.com/

 4)    Give.  Any funds we receive will be sent to our trusted partner Samaritan's Purse, the only organization that we know of that is on the ground working in Iraq.  They are currently supplying tents for shelter, food, water and other essentials for refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIS.  Please mark your gift "Iraq". We will send 100% of all funds received for Iraq directly to Samaritan’s Purse. 

5)    Keep informed on the situation, tell others and again use your voice.  Evil triumphs when good people to do nothing.

  

 Sample Letter:

 

Date:

 

The Honourable John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2

 email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca

 Your Honour,

We urge you to act immediately to save the Christian community in Iraq. Due to the radical agenda of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), tens of thousands of Christians have been and continue to be murdered or kidnapped, or minimally terrorized. The situation is getting much worse for Christians throughout Northern Iraq as these extremists are forcing them to choose between converting to Islam, paying a heavy (unpayable) tax, leaving the territory, or death. In Mosul, for the first time since the 15th Century, there is no longer a Christian population.

Please do not remain silent while genocide occurs right in front of your own eyes. We ask you to intervene immediately to protect this Christian community!

 We encourage with great urgency that;

 1. The Canadian Government mobilize all its diplomatic powers towards this situation, at all levels, including the United Nations and the Arab League.

 2. The Canadian Government consider, opening our borders for Christian refugee families from this region.

3. We are also asking our government to work together with the world community or a coalition of nations to enable relief organizations to safely respond to the humanitarian crisis.

 4. We ask our government to act aggressively as ISIS and radical Islam poses a threat to our western culture and way of living.

 

 With deep concern,

We have space for a few more members on our Christmas 2014 team, taking off around November 9th.  

Contact Sharaya

at 1-877-236-4673 or

teams@seedsofhopecm.com

for more information.

 

 

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