Glenn shared on radio Tuesday a tremendous update regarding the Nazarene Fund and the effort to save Christians in the Middle East.
"Just about a year ago, we're not even at the year mark of being in Birmingham for Restoring Unity and starting the Nazarene Fund, I said, 'In the next year, we want to save 400 families and get them to safety.' We're not at the one-year mark, and even with all of the trouble that we have had, we have moved to safety 553 families," Glenn said.
In total, more than 11,455 people have been moved or fed. Mercury One (M1), funded by donations to the Nazarene Fund, has become the largest refugee aid organization in Iraq.
Glenn gave specific regional updates to share what your donations have made possible around the world:
About two weeks ago, M1 started moving people to Australia. They're taking 60 people weekly, and that effort will be ongoing for awhile.
Currently, a large refugee camp in Greece houses both Muslims and Christians together. The Christians are being brutally persecuted in the camp. Last week, M1 was on the ground in Greece and secured an old warehouse to rebuild for Christian refugees. This will provide safe housing away from Muslim persecution
• In the next couple of weeks, another refugee camp will be closed after 900 people are moved to safety in northern in Iraq," Glenn said.
• The Nazarene Fund is funding churches throughout the Middle East that need help. While conducting a routine interview for families wanting to depart to Central America, M1's security vetting team learned of a family of six Christian girls, ranging in age from ten to 22, with a single mom, whose father and husband had been shot and chopped into pieces in front of the family by ISIS. A special operations team funded by M1 deployed into hostile territory and removed the girls in the middle of the night. The youngest daughter is ten and just started school in a refugee church in Jordan, funded by M1. All girls are doing well and went shopping for clothes and make-up with the M1 team. The mother, who still wears black, now has a smile on her face for the first time in months. When the M1 team left her last week, she was looking forward to cooking in her kitchen for her family and walking her daughters to school every morning now that she knows they are safe.
• One dejected community living in horrific conditions did not want to leave Iraq, saying, "We're Christians. If we leave, the light goes out. We can't leave our country." M1 began transferring them to new apartments in northern Iraq, but they remained skeptical, thinking their beautiful new living conditions were meant as a cruel joke. Area priests were brought in to reassure them.
Glenn had this to say about the relocated community:
They were like, "Why are these people doing this to us? Is this a cruel joke?" And they could not believe . . . and the deal was, "The world abandoned us here and forgot us for two years. Who are these people? Why all of a sudden do they care?" And the priests were saying, "No, they've cared for a long time, they just haven't been able to do anything because of all of the red tape. People have cared about you the whole time." And they're all breaking down and crying. And so grateful. So very grateful to everybody that has helped with the Nazarene Fund.
For security reasons, limited details are available on this, but the first Iraqi Christian refugee will soon enter the U.S. Accepted into a prestigious divinity school in America, he no longer had money to attend. Additionally, he was concerned about leaving his Nazarene-marked family vulnerable to ISIS. M1 moved his family to safety in northern Iraq so he could attend school in the U.S. and, according to him, bring the light of Christ back to the Middle East.
"It's really remarkable what you have done with the Nazarene Fund with Mercury One. As I pointed out, 11,455 people have been affected at least by, you know, getting hot meals every day. And nearly 2,400 people have either been moved in country to a safe house, to a safe place, or out of Iraq or Syria --- 2,400 people. To put that into perspective, in World War II, the Righteous Among the Nations, some of them saved ten, some of them saved two. People like Raoul Wallenberg saved thousands. You are responsible for saving thousands of Christians' lives in this genocide. And make no mistake, that's exactly what this is: a genocide," Glenn said.
If you would like to get involved or stay involved, go to mercuryone.org and donate to the Nazarene Fund.
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Featured Image: Christians rescued and relocated through the Nazarene Fund pose for a picture in their new home in Slovakia.