Lent Appeal for Iraqi Christians in Need
Once again we are supporting Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) as our Lent appeal. In 2017 we raised roughly £12,500 in private donations – which was a fantastic result. Once again, a generous donor has already offered £6,000 plus gift aid in matched funding. This means that every gift aided £100 we give is worth £250.
ICIN have asked that our contribution this year goes into the relief work in Iraq. Christians are now back in the Nineveh Plain villages, and churches are once again open for worship. However, such is the devastation that $250 million is required for reconstruction. Much has already been done to repair homes and churches. ICIN has committed almost $140,000 for a Youth Social Centre in Teleskuf and has earmarked just over $43,000 to the construction of a bookshop in Qaraqosh for the sale of Christian educational literature and prayer books.
Can we match last year’s wonderful result, to ensure that Christians in Iraq are supported in their lives and faith?
To hear more about the challenges and opportunities ahead, come to hear ICIN’s Joe Bahoshy speak this coming Sunday – 4 March – at 9.45 am (St James) or 11.30 am (St Clement). To donate online, go to http://icin.org.uk/donate/ and tick the box ‘Nineveh Reconstruction Project – CJ18’.
If you are a UK tax-payer, then your donation may qualify for Gift Aid, and a declaration form is available on the ICIN website or upon request.
Gift Aid forms and envelopes are also available in church.
As part of our Lenten journey, please do think seriously about how we might support this wonderful charity, run from the UK by Iraqi volunteers.
The Rev’d Dr Alan Everett
ICIN, Iraqi Christians in Need, is a UK-registered charity no. 1119427 founded in 2007 for the benefit of Iraqi Christians displaced inside Iraq and the neighbouring countries. During the last 11 years, ICIN has raised over US$2.6 million and provided aid and grants to 25 projects.