It’s amazing! The original goal to rescue those poor women and children from the evil of ISIS in Iraq was $150,000. In the first 24 hours $355,000 was raised! Now, today, I read that over $500,000 has been raised and it is still climbing!! The women and children will be taken out of the shipping containers where they have sought refuge and put into proper dwellings. The women will be taught to read and write and given money to start their own businesses in Northern Iraq. And the children will be safe and will be going to school. Over 20,000 of them. Probably a lot more since more money has come in. They will be fed and housed and will receive medical help, as well. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/05/how-you-all-crushed-it-waged-love-defied-isis-and-livestream-from-iraq/?utm_source=email+marketing&utm_campaign=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email
It shows that the love of Christ can overcome the darkness. I have been listening to Ann Voskamp on a live webcast and another man, Jeremy Courtney,who along with his wife, is in Iraq to help those people. He has been there since the middle of the last Iraqi war. He works with various groups in Iraq, mosques, etc. to get the work done in Jesus’ name. He and his team pour out the love of God to all who are created in the image of God.
So the women who had been living hopeless lives in fear and extreme poverty, who have lost everything including their husbands who had been killed by ISIS, will see the Love of Christ being poured out onto them and their children. This is a powerful witness to all of the Love of Jesus Christ.
Ann Voskamp was totally blown away by the response. She had gone over to Iraq because she felt she was being led by God when ISIS was a mere 40 miles away. Her family was, at first, frantic over the idea but then came to accept it. She was well protected by God on her journey over there, first stopping in Israel and then going to Iraq to gather the stories of these broken women and the horrendous horrors they face. She brought those stories home and have shared it with all of us so that we can be the hands of God and help them. Those who were created in the Image of God.
This is what happens when we surrender ourselves to God and allow ourselves to be poured out for Him. What has Christ also commanded us to do? Love our enemies. AH! Not so easy when you read about atrocities such as what happened to those 9 year old girls. Pure evil. That’s kind of hard for me to accept. So while there is clearly a heavy demonic presence in ISIS, I will pray for the misguided ones from the 90 other nations who have joined ISIS; who were brainwashed by aggressive recruiters to join. May God have mercy on their souls.
May 29, 2015 update:
Over $750,000 has been raised and it’s still climbing! This was actually the third day it happened. I only got around to posting this now. Amazing.