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 I.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. Through his church, Praise Chapel in Duhok, he facilitates growth in the basics of the faith for Christian men using Entrust training courses. His wife, Ilham, shares Entrust’s women’s ministry training with some of the women of the church. In the area of refugee work, Layth has established bakeries within camps, launched an organized volleyball ministry for young refugees and initiated children’s programs. He and Ilham have a special heart for ministry among the Yezidi population in their area.
Fuad and Nahid N.Fuad 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 coordinate medical clinics, gather and distribute 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 and serving as a relief distribution point. Fuad also coordinates provision and care for some 2,000 Kakai families in the region.