See the church I was at in Baghdad!

This new video narrated by my friend Nick, the director of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East displays the compound in Baghdad I stayed in. It also demonstrates the powerful and varied work of FRRME. Hope is rising in Iraq and Saint George’s Church is a central part of that. Iraq will shine.

It would be doubly helpful if you “liked” the video and commented. Let’s encourage hopeful dialogue about precious Baghdad. Thanks.

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“Faith Under Fire”

Well folks, I finished reading “Faith Under Fire” by Canon Andrew White. It was great. It’s a stunning blend of sleeping with one’s hiking boots on while clutching one’s teddy bear: bravery and innocence at rest. Since I am planning to relocate to Baghdad next year to work with Andrew it is particularly evocative and insightful. I really believe HOPE is hope is against all odds – this is the nature of hope. And this is the nature of God. This truth is well-reflected in Andrew’s life and it gives my heart much joy. The things we will see in fullness of life, flourishing, and prosperity in the Middle East this decade will be far beyond anyone’s imaginings. “Shock and awe” will take on a spiritual connotation as the world is shocked and awed by the glory of God manifest in Iraq.

If you want to read Andrew’s book it’s here:

http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Under-Fire-Middle-Conflict/dp/1854249622/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311889886&sr=1-1

If you want to celebrate his International First Freedom Award, read about it here:

http://keithpp.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/canon-andrew-white-awarded-international-first-freedom-award/

If you want to buy an “”I ♥ Baghdad” shirt, do so here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74711519/i-heart-baghdad-t-shirt-in-black?ref=pr_shop

If you want to have a good, happy, drunken laugh due to God’s goodness, read this:

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.

(Proverbs 3:21-26)