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  • American FRRME | St. George's Church & Clinic

    St. George's Church & Clinic DONATE Watch Video A Center for Hope, Help, and Healing in Baghdad St George’s provides more than just Sunday services and a vital Christian community ​ St George’s Church in Baghdad, Iraq was founded in 1864 and is the only Anglican church in Iraq. The present Church building was constructed in 1936 as a memorial to the soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives in Mesopotamia during the First World War. St. George’s closed under Saddam Hussein’s regime and was relater reopened by the Rev. Canon Andrew White. Today, it is pastored by Iraq’s only ordained Anglican clergyman, Canon Faiz Jerjees. St George’s provides more than just Sunday services and a vital Christian community; it is a center for hope, help, and healing in Baghdad. St. George’s has a medical clinic which has 17 medical staff members and treats 1,500 patients, free of charge, every month. As well as the medical clinic, St. George’s has an elementary school (K-5) and a Mother’s Union that provides food pantry, home visits and fresh meals. American FRRME provides financial support for the operations of St. George’s Church and its outreach efforts; is the cornerstone of American FRRME’s work in Iraq. Canon Faiz Jerjes Canon Faiz has been recognized by the Iraqi and British governments for his extraordinary reconciliation and humanitarian work. He has excellent relationships with leaders from across the sectarian divide, including Sunni, Shia, Yazidi, Shabak, and of course leaders from other Christian denominations. He has been involved with St George’s since 2006. After ordination, he served as a clergyman at the Church, before being licensed as Priest in Charge in January 2015 by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, Michael Lewis. In 2015, St. George’s supported the internally displaced Iraqis who fled from the ISIS invasion of the Nineveh plain; St George’s provided household goods and provisions to 60 refugee families. In 2017, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture honored Canon Faiz as one of the country’s Distinguished Personalities of the Year for his role in supporting human rights work in the country. In July 2020, he was honored with the award of an MBE- Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire- by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded with this title for his “services to the Anglican, Christian and local community in Baghdad.”

  • American FRRME | Nineveh SEED

    Nineveh SEED Rebuilding lives and livelihoods We’re slowly seeing change for the better. In 2014, thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Christians fled their homes in the dead of night to escape certain death at the hands of ISIS insurgents. Many of these Christians were native to the Nineveh Plain, Iraq’s breadbasket. SEED stands for ‘Sustainable Enterprise Economic Development’ Through the Nineveh SEED projects, led by the English charity Mosaic Middle East, we supported programs that helped to build job skills, provide benefits for the community and ultimately, encouraged displaced people to return to their homeland. We will continue to work with and seek out other partners to support sustainable projects that will help to renew economic development, support vocational training, and provide occupational and small business opportunities in the Nineveh Province once again. DONATE Read the latest report on Nineveh SEED Projects Download PDF Will you partner with us in restoring hope and a sustainable future? DONATE

  • American FRRME | About

    Our Impact From Baghdad to the Plain of Nineveh, from Kurdistan to Mt. Sinjar—wherever the Iraqi people have been persecuted for their Christian faith and experienced suffering, American FRRME is providing comfort and aid for these marginalized refugees and other religious minorities. Our Story The American Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East (American FRRME) was founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to promote reconciliation, provide relief efforts, advance human rights and seek an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East. Although autonomous, American FRRME has been associated with Mosaic Middle East for implementing projects. American FRRME provides humanitarian assistance, health care and education to those who have fled persecution and genocide, including Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and others throughout the Middle East and supports the operations and outreach efforts of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq. We are also working to rebuild lives and restore hope through advocacy and long-term investment in the region. Iraqi refugees in Jordan enjoy a rooftop meal with American FRRME staff and board members. Mission To model Christ’s love for all by providing relief, comfort and aid to displaced Iraqi Christians in Iraq and Jordan, by encouraging and facilitating their return home, and by supporting the compassion ministries of Saint George’s Church in Baghdad. Vision A Middle East that flourishes in an atmosphere of reconciliation and mutual respect between all faith groups. SIGN UP Board of Trustees Col. "Max" Wood Chairman Robert Slaughter Vice Chairman Robert McCullers Treasurer Susan C. Greer Executive Director John Busterud Trustee Mary Hardiman Trustee Sydney Leach Trustee Mark Magoni Trustee Connie Wilson Trustee Kevin Douglas Emeritus Trustee Mick Kicklighter Emeritus Trustee Capt. Scott Rye Emeritus Trustee Richard Swett Emeritus Trustee Paul H. Tyson Emeritus Trustee

  • American FRRME | Olive Tree Center

    Olive Tree Center There is truly no place like home For Christians who have lost everything, the Olive Tree Center provides community, healing, and hope for the future. What if you lost your home and everything you own? In 2014, hundreds of thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes in Iraq, Syria and other neighboring countries to avoid certain death at the hands of ISIS. They left in the dead of night – leaving behind their homes, possessions, careers, friends and family. Many camped in cemeteries and gardens for several months, separated from their loved ones and struggling to survive. ​ Since then, violence against Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East has caused several waves of refugees to leave their homeland in search of safety. Many fled to the Kingdom of Jordan, where there are currently over three million refugees from 53 nationalities. The over one million Christians who fled here have been denied citizenship, and all children born here are considered stateless. Read the latest report on the Olive Tree Center DOWNLOAD PDF Donate Now We hope you will consider a special contribution for the Olive Tree Center.

  • American FRRME | Contact

    Contact American FRRME We’d love to hear from you Use our mailing address, email, social media or the contact form below to get in touch. (Please Note : Our mailing address has recently changed.) Mailing Address American FRRME P.O. Box 13 Afton, TN 37616 Social Media Email info@americanfrrme.org Send us a Message Full Name Email Subject Message Send Thank You!

  • American FRRME | Scholarship Fund

    General David E. Greer Scholarship Fund Have you ever longed for something? Imagine experiencing that feeling with something as important as education. Education impacts your entire life. Out of the 7.2 million refugee children throughout the world, only 3.7 million have the opportunity to attend school. Globally 91% of children attend elementary school, whereas only 63% of refugee children have this opportunity; of that 63%, only 24% attend high school. Education protects and empowers refugees Education protects refugee children from forced recruitment into armed groups, child labor, and sexual exploitation. Education empowers refugees by giving them the knowledge and skills to rebuild their lives and communities. Are you wondering how you can help these children? This is where American FRRME comes in. Our former and beloved executive director, General David E. Greer, passed away unexpectedly in July 2020. His vision was to help refugees empower themselves and improve their lives through education. In loving memory of General Greer’s commitment to service and education, American FRRME established a tribute to honor his legacy – an annual scholarship that would enable dedicated, hardworking Iraqi refugee students the opportunity to attend school. The scholarship provides financial assistance to help cover tuition for these vulnerable youth so they can continue their studies with the hope for a brighter future ahead – something near and dear to General Greer and his vision. We want to fulfill this vision. Will you join us in bringing life to his vision by donating to the General David E. Greer scholarship fund? DONATE About Me

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  • American FRRME | News

    NEWS 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 Hundreds March on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in Support of the Persecuted Church Worldwide By Keely Jahns Published On September 29, 2022 Adapted from an article by Christian Headlines Last week we explored how digital church culture is thriving amongst the persecuted church in Iraq. We must remember any time that we talk about the church in Iraq and the greater Middle… AFRRME Updates Iraqi Christians Build Thriving Digital Discipleship Culture By Keely Jahns Published On September 23, 2022 Mission Network News recently covered a story about the growing culture of “digital church” within Iraq. Iraq is home to an ancient community of Christians, and within that community there are Christians of every background and denomination. Having been deeply… ​ AFRRME Updates New Patriarchate of the Assyrian Church of the East Opens its Doors in Erbil By Keely Jahns Published On September 16, 2022 The Assyrian Church of the East recently opened its new Patriarchate in Erbil, the capital city of the Iraqi Kurdistan region. The inauguration ceremony was attended by area officials, including governmental officials, community leaders, local religious leaders and those with… ​ AFRRME Updates A Prayer of Blessing at The Olive Tree Center By American FRRME Staff Published On September 8, 2022 On August 6, 2022, the Iraqi refugee community gathered together at The Olive Tree Center to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the 2014 ISIS insurgency in Iraq. They gathered to sing, pray, and remember the day that changed their lives… ​ ​ AFRRME Updates Inter-Organizational Cooperation Aims to Bring Clean Water to Sinjar By Keely Jahns Published On September 1, 2022 Interorganizational Cooperation Aims to Bring Clean Water to Sinjar Like the Christian communities of Northern Iraq, when the ISIS insurgents swept across the Nineveh Plain in 2014, over 400,000 Yazidis were also displaced. This year, fighting has displaced thousands more.… ​ AFRRME Updates Displays of Hope, Help, and Healing from the August 6th Remembrance Event at the Olive Tree Center By Keely Jahns Published On August 25, 2022 Hope, Help, and Healing On August 6th, 2022, the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation (American FRRME) hosted a remembrance event with the Iraqi Christian community at the Olive Tree Center in Madaba, Jordan, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of… AFRRME Updates “Stunning Archaeological Findings” Discovered at the Church of Saint Thomas in Mosul, Shedding New Light on the First Century Church in Iraq By Keely Jahns Published On August 18, 2022 Adapted from a story at All Arab News Christianity has been indigenous to Iraq for thousands of years. Many of the first Christians hailed from the region which is now Iraq, particularly the Nineveh Plain. The Nineveh Plain was one… AFRRME Updates August 6th Event at Olive Tree Center Garners Worldwide Media Attention for Iraqi Refugees By Keely Jahns Published On August 11, 2022 On August 6th, 2022, Iraqi refugees and friends of the community gathered at the Olive Tree Center in Madaba, Jordan to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the ISIS invasion of the Nineveh Plain. ​ ​ AFRRME Updates I raqi Christian Refugees to Gather at Olive Tree Center to Observe “The Black Day” By Keely Jahns Published On August 4, 2022 On August 6th, 2022, refugees and displaced persons from the Nineveh Plain will be observing the eight-year anniversary of the 2014 ISIS insurgency. This is known by Iraqi Christians as “The Black Day.” It is a solemn observance of remembrance… ​ AFRRME Updates American FRRME Chairman Discusses Ongoing Persecution of Iraqi Christians By American FRRME Staff Published On July 29, 2022 American FRRME Chairman, Col. Max Wood joined American Sunrise with Ed Henry and Karyn Turk, on Real America’s Voice, to talk about the ongoing persecution of Iraqi Christians. Watch here: ​ AFRRME Updates “Boxing Sister,” Program Helps Internally Displaced Women Kickbox Their Way to Healing By Keely Jahns Published On July 28, 2022 Adapted from a story by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. A boxing project implemented by an NGO Innovation Award winner is empowering displaced Yazidi women and girls in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The “Boxing Sister” program helps displaced… AFRRME Updates National Leaders Show Bipartisan Support for Persecuted Church in DC Summit By Keely Jahns Published On July 21, 2022 In June 2022, the plight of the persecuted church was highlighted during the second annual Summit on International Religious Freedom (IRF) in Washington, D.C. The conference saw bipartisan support by leaders from both sides of the aisle, as well as… AFRRME Updates 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6

  • American FRRME | Church Partner

    Become a Church Partner In our mission to bring hope, help and healing in the Middle East Watch Video DONATE "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:10 “At Martha Bowman Church, we give because we believe it is our Christian duty to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in desperate need. And these are perhaps the descendants of some of the Church’s first families of believers from the first century. This has become more than a duty but a privilege to come alongside them and to minister to their deep needs.” — Mark Magoni, Pastor of Martha Bowman Church in Macon, Georgia Our ministry is one of restoration and empowerment. We invite you to join our ministry and to make our mission part of your global outreach missions. DONATE Thousands of Iraqi Christians have lost everything. They have fled generational homes – choosing their faith in Christ over converting to Islam. As Christians in America, we don’t know this kind of persecution. We don’t consider making this choice at the risk of our lives. As a church partner, your congregation is committing to our brothers and sisters who count on our generosity. Their plight is ours. A commitment to this cause of lifting our Iraqi Christian brethren brings hope and shines the light of our Savior to the watching world.

  • American FRRME

    Bringing HOPE, HELP & HEALING in the Middle East Watch Video DONATE News and Updates from American FRRME The latest from our partners on the ground in Jordan and Iraq. Contact Us If not us, then who? We are called to shine the light of Christ As a donor, you are a partner investor in our shared mission to help the persecuted Christians and other religious minorities that we serve. And this is service. For the love of those who have lost families, livelihoods, homes. Their stories of hardship, trauma and persecution is unlike anything we could imagine as Americans. We are called to shine the light of Christ for our fellow brothers and sisters in need so that the world may see and know that this is who we are and this is what we do. Receive news and updates about American FRRME First Name Last Name Email Send Thanks for submitting! Our Impact 7698 Refugees Receive Relief 13 Unique Projects 106,259 Free Patient Treatments

  • American FRRME | Starvation Bigger Threat

    To Many Refugees, Starvation Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 By Alice Seeley Published On June 17, 2020 Refugees are already at risk for starvation, but due to COVID-19, they are at an even higher risk. In normal circumstances, starving is a constant worry for refugees. Refugee camps rarely have enough resources. Now, COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have worsened the already horrible living conditions in these camps, putting thousands of refugees around the world at risk of starvation. ​ In some camps, such as Jordan’s Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, lockdowns have prevented people from working at jobs outside the camps. This means refugees are entirely dependent on charities for food and basic necessities. This stretches already scarce resources even thinner. ​ In addition, border closures have forced many refugees back to dangerous conditions during the pandemic. For instance, Malaysia turned back a boat of refugees seeking safety. Bangladesh eventually allowed it to land, but after it had drifted at sea for two months and at least 30 people had died of starvation. ​ Studies have shown refugees are more afraid of starving to death than of getting COVID-19. ​ The American Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East has provided food and other necessities to religious refugees at this desperate time, due to your generous donations. Please donate to help us continue providing care to these refugees. ​ American FRRME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East. ​ To make a donation to American FRRME, please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/frrmeamerica?code=WebsiteGeneral

  • American FRRME | Living Conditions of Refugees

    Living Conditions Of Refugees in Jordan By Alice Seeley Published On May 28, 2020 Currently, the Syrian conflict is the largest source of internally displaced people in the world. There are nearly 5.5 million Syrian refugees in the Middle-East. As of 2019, Jordan, which borders Syria, had registered 662,010 of these refugees. Jordan is home to the second-largest refugee camp in the world, known as Zaatari. Less than 10 miles from the Syrian border, it opened in 2012 and has since become known as Jordan’s 4th largest “city.” Today, roughly 80,000 Syrian refugees live there in rows of tents. ​ There are few populations more vulnerable to the health risks of inferior living conditions than refugees. Refugee camps are often overcrowded and of poor quality. Although some refugees find work, many –especially children and the elderly—are entirely dependent on aid. Most refugee camps do not have sufficient food to feed their populations. Malnutrition makes refugees weak and more at risk for a variety of diseases and illnesses. ​ Poor living conditions are not limited to the camps. Some refugees—mainly Syrian– live outside of camps in unofficial self-settlements. These settlements, less well known than the camps, are often overlooked when it comes to aid. ​ Sixteen percent of the Syrian refugee population in Jordan report chronic health problems. These health problems often result from these poor living conditions. The dampness and mold of the camps is the source of many health problems, such as aches, pains, digestive disorders, malaria, and respiratory tract infections. Malaria is also a major threat to those living in primitive conditions, often without window screens or solid doors. ​ The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East provides humanitarian assistance to refugees who have fled persecution and genocide. It also provides health care on a case-by-case basis among IDPs and refugee populations in Jordan. Please consider donating today to help FRRME provide these life-saving services. ​ American FRRME is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East. ​ To make a donation to American FRRME, please visit NETWORK FOR GOOD.