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  • 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 | Hundreds March

    Hundreds March on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in Support of the Persecuted Church Worldwide by Keely Jahns September 29, 2022 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 East, that our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to face extreme persecution if they are vocal about their faith. This is the case in Iraq, in places like Syria, and in countries around the world, where Christianity is severely restricted or illegal, and any allegations of proselytizing have severe consequences. This weekend, hundreds of Christians marched on Washington D.C. to raise awareness for the persecuted church worldwide. This year, the march was spearheaded by Iraqi and Syrian Christians living in the US, including the Chaldean Catholic Friar Simon Esshaki. The third-annual March for the Martyrs was held at the National Mall on Saturday and featured live worship and messages from religious leaders. The event also included a 1.2-mile march that started at the National Mall and ended at the Museum of the Bible, where an evening prayer event was held. As reported by The Christian Post , For the Martyrs Founder Gia Chacon, Chaldean Catholic Priest Fr. Simon Esshaki and evangelists Jacob Coyne and Shane Winnings all delivered speeches about how Christians globally are willing to die for their faith. During her speech, Chacon highlighted Chaldean Catholic Priest Ragheed Ganni, who was killed by Islamic terrorists in 2007 after he refused to shut down his church in Iraq. “After a Sunday mass, as he just finished a service and he walked outside, and gunmen said, ‘why didn’t you listen to us?’ And they threatened him and some other deacons,” Chacon explained to those in attendance. “When asked why he did not close the church, Ganni’s last words were, ‘how could I close the house of God?'” She also recounted conversations she’s had with Iraqi and Syrian refugees about the “atrocities that they faced because of their faith.” “Whole villages in a single night, hundreds of thousands of Christians pushed out of their homes and killed in front of their families,” Chacon said. “ISIS or Islamist militants would come into their homes and charge them with the question, ‘Are you a Christian?’ And if they said yes, it ultimately meant death or being pushed out of their home,” she continued. “And these brave Christians, in the middle of the night, when they knew that ISIS was coming, when they knew that ultimately, they would be met with either death or torture, did they back down? Did they say, ‘well, if they come to our door, then the easier thing will just be to convert?'” Chacon said that she is thankful that these Christians chose not to “say outwardly that we don’t believe in Jesus, that we’ll convert and maybe we can live in here in safety.” Instead of renouncing their faith and staying in their homes, the Christians fled in the middle of the night. “They fled because having Jesus to them meant having everything, and even if they lost everything, their family, their brothers and sisters, their moms and dads … if they could keep Jesus, that was more than enough for them, so they fled.” According to the March of the Martyrs website , the group is self-described “as a diverse movement— consisting of Christians of all ages, from all backgrounds, and from all over the United States who have come together as one voice for the persecuted Church.” “We are on a mission to bring Christian Persecution to the forefront of the fight for Human Rights,” the group added. “Our message is clear: Christian Persecution will no longer be ignored, persecuted believers are not forgotten, and Jesus Christ still has the victory.” American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (American FRRME) is a U.S.-based Christian charity that aims to bring hope, help and healing in the Middle East, assisting Iraqi Christian refugees and other religious minorities.American FRRME works to support the ongoing needs of Iraqis – primarily Christian Iraqis – who fled Iraq and Kurdistan during the ISIS insurgency in 2014. The organization supports those displaced within Iraq many of whom remain living in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in Baghdad and northern Iraq, as well as supporting those who fled to neighboring Jordan.

  • 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 | Number of Refugees Doubled

    The Number of Refugees Has Doubled in the Past Decade By Alice Seeley Published On June 20, 2020 Nearly 80 million people worldwide qualify as refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced. This number rose by 9 million from a year earlier. It is close to double the 41 million recorded in 2010, despite Covid-19 restrictions slowing down movement. Of the 79.5 million displaced people globally, 26 million are refugees, 4.2 million are asylum seekers, and 45.7 million are IDPs. This amounts to one percent of the world’s total population. ​ Around half of the 79.5 million are children. They are very often not given access to education and are often exposed to violence and exploitation at a young age. ​ The Middle East has been the center of this humanitarian crisis and remains so. Seven in 10 of those displaced came from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Myanmar. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees— 3.9 million people, mostly from Syria, where the civil war has entered its tenth year. 73 percent of refugees seek asylum in a neighboring country, thus involving countries in the Middle East as sources of refugees and asylums. ​ The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East 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. This is made possible through your generous donations. ​ 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 .

  • American FRRME | News

    NEWS 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 Iraqi Christians Remember “The Black Day” Published August 7, 2023 American FRRME Chairman, Col. Max Wood joined Adam McManus on “The World View in 5 Minutes” to speak about the ninth anniversary of “The Black Day” - the day when Iraqi Christians were forced from their homeland by the ISIS insurgency and the significance of this solemn anniversary. AFRRME Updates 2003 – 2023 The Challenges Facing Iraqi Christians Finding a Way Forward Published May 2023 The past twenty years have been a transformative time for Iraq’s Christian community, who have watched their population decline due to violence, marginalization, and other types of persecution from extremist groups such as Dae’sh, also known as ISIS. Despite these challenges, many Iraqi Christians have a strong love towards their country. AFRRME Updates 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 Iraqi 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

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