This autonomous region is a relatively stable oasis within a war-torn country, in the midst of a region in turmoil. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring nations, and thousands upon thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) from this country, have fled their homes in search of safety and now occupy hundreds of camps and other temporary lodgings in Kurdistan.
Two Entrust staff couples serve God tirelessly in this milieu.
Layth and Ilham Ibrahim Layth and Ilham obeyed God’s call to move to Kurdistan to serve cross-culturally among Kurds, leaving their home in the south of this country and learning a new language and new culture in the process. Layth is an ordained Free Methodist Church pastor, a natural evangelist and an energetic entrepreneur. He has planted several churches, established bakeries within Kurdistan’s refugee camps, launched an organized volleyball ministry for young refugees and initiated children’s outreaches. He leads men through Entrust courses on the basics of the Christian faith, while Ilham does the same with women.Layth and Ilham minister to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), including Yezidis, through their church, Praise Chapel in Duhok, Kurdistan.
Fuad and Nahid NowrozFuad graduated from Entrust’s 5-year Bible program in 2010. He is now Entrust’s Kurdistan field director. He handles government registration and logistics for all international staff coming to the area and a variety of other tasks as needed. He regularly visits church leaders to find out their leadership training needs.
Fuad and Nahid distribute relief materials, Bibles and children’s Bibles to refugees; offer medical clinics; coordinate financial and material supplies for seven schools educating some 4,000 refugee children, and host an annual family camp aimed at fostering unity between Christian families of varied backgrounds in the region. In 2016, they launched House of Hope, a community center offering skills training, English classes, children’s clubs, Bible teaching and more.
Fuad is of the Kurdish people group called the Kakai. He is responsible for the overall well-being and organization of over 2,000 refugee Kakai families