Canon Andrew White deserves a knighthood
He doesn't care about temporal honours, of course. You only have to hear the 'Vicar of Baghdad' preach, or take a few minutes to watch the above short film (parts 2 and 3 to follow), to appreciate that the race he runs is for the crown of Christ's glory, and the reward he awaits is in heaven. He doesn't want a knighthood or a CBE: he wants our prayers, our awareness of the plight of his flock, and our generous donations to aid his ministry in this time of appalling suffering and tribulation.
He has lost a thousand of his parishioners over the past year alone - murdered by Muslim militants; many of them summarily shot or beheaded. He has recently been speaking to numerous fellowships in the UK to raise awareness of the situation in Iraq, and he received death threats last week from ISIS/ISIL (or IS [Islamic State], as they now wish to be called). Notwithstanding the danger, he has returned to St George's in Baghdad to continue his work. He wrote:
We go back to Iraq on Tuesday. There are so many needs to provide and we thank our Lord for how he has provided for us to meet these needs through you. We have so many Christians who have literally been ousted from their homes with nothing, they are living on the streets.Please pray that we may be able to show them the love of Jesus and provide their needs.The Islamists are trying to eradicate the symbol of the cross from their new Caliphate.
There was no Mass in Mosul last Sunday for the first time in 1600 years. Those Christians who risk worship must do so in silence, praying under new Sharia regulations that have silenced every church bell in the city.
There are reports of torture chambers, public beheadings and crucifixions. "Since the fall of Mosul, a litany of evils has replaced the liturgies of the Christians there: a young boy ripped from the arms of his parents as they ran from the ISIS advance and shot before their eyes, girls killed for not wearing the hijab.."
Canon White suffers from MS. As a result of that debilitating affliction, he was told by the Church of England that they were unable to recommend him for a parish in London because it would be "too stressful".
So they sent him to Baghdad.
Where he has ministered now for 15 years.
He is now helping refugees fleeing from the cities of Northern Iraqi. Hospitality and aid are coming from the Kurds on the plains of Nineveh.
Canon White needs our help to continue his work among the homeless, traumatised and dispossessed Christians of Iraq.
His Grace is having meetings with politicians to discuss how HM Government can assist in Nineveh. He will recommend and protected enclave - arms with weapons, if necessary.
Please give what you can HERE, and offer your prayers up to God that the gospel will continue to be preached across those lands where these Islamist thugs are wreaking havoc. They have a five-year plan:
This is the new Islamic State - the Caliphate.
Allah has yet to decide who will play the Caliph.