Meet Myrna, one of the thousands of Christians whose life has been transformed thanks to your generous donations to The Nazarene Fund. Myrna escaped Iraq with her family after being chased out by ISIS. They ended up in a Jordanian refugee camp with limited options. Crippled with pain, Myrna learned she had a tumor growing behind her eye that would eventually cause blindness. A woman's worth is already a precarious thing in the Middle East, but a blind woman would have no value at all.
The only surgical options within the refugee camp were sketchy at best. That's when Mercury One operatives on the ground learned about Myrna's situation.
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"We found a doctor and a hospital that would treat her outside of the camp. It was $1,500. Brain surgery in Jordan, $1,500. No one could afford it," Glenn said.
Both her father and priest travelled with her, praying over her before the surgery, which was a complete success. Myrna is now pain-free and fully recovered.
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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: I want to -- I want to talk to you -- I want to tell you a story about Myrna. She is a Christian from Syria -- I'm sorry, from Iraq. And she's a young daughter. Family. Dad was a, you know, hard-working dad. They had a decent living in Iraq. ISIS comes in, chases the family. Luckily, they're one of the few that got out to Jordan. And the Christian family gets across the border. And now they're in a refugee camp.
Do you know anything about Jordan? Jordan is made up of a lot of refugee camps. The Palestinians, the displaced Palestinians, and they're not allowed to mix back into society.
So these Palestinians have been there for generations. And they're not allowed to mix in and become Jordanian, even though they were born in Jordan.
So Jordan will be nice and bring people in, but then you're isolated and you remain in the camp.
So dad can't work. No one can work. The conditions aren't well. Mercury One, we've provided, I think 11 -- is it 11 -- 11,000 people with food and sustenance. We got to their camp in Jordan, and it was in pretty bad shape.
And Myrna was crippled with pain. And we find out that she has a brain tumor. And it's growing behind her eye. And it's causing her excruciating pain. And, you know, she's going to lose her eye and be blind in both eyes.
If she goes blind -- A, she has to have something done. But if she has this really bad camp surgery, she'll be blind. And she also -- the -- also, the problem is, if it lets it grow, there's a possibility, that she doesn't live, a good possibility that she doesn't live, but a guarantee that she's blind in both eyes. So she has to do something because in this society, a blind woman is at the very lowest of the ladder.
If you're anywhere in the Middle East, you're a woman, you're in trouble. But you're blind, you have no life.
So we found out about it, and we found a doctor and a hospital that would treat her outside of the camp. But it was $1,500. Brain surgery in Jordan, $1,500. No one could afford it.
GLENN: So we got her out of the camp, brought her into the hospital, and brought the priest with her. And her father and her priest prayed over here before she had surgery.
She went in. She had the surgery, and she is now fully recovered and out of pain entirely. And has her life back as much as she can.
You don't know the difference that you have made in people's lives. You really have been remarkable, anybody who gave to the Nazarene Fund.
You have saved and moved to safety, as of -- as of this week, 4,000 people. Many of them have been moved to Australia. Australia opened its doors to the refugees -- the Christian refugees and has been really good.
There have been other countries that have taken whole parishes. Mainly, these are Arabic-speaking Christians. Orthodox Christians. Catholics.
And -- and Brazil has done this and has adopted these groups. America hasn't taken any. But that's what we expect nowadays, unfortunately, from America.
We have a couple of things that we're trying to do. We're trying to open up one more country that everybody has told me is impossible. And we so far have an agreement, but it is so dicey that we're unwilling to say anything about it until it actually happens. And it's going to take extraordinary sums of money because they also are people that are willing to not only take these people. But they're willing to take the hardest hit. They're willing to take the people who are like Myrna.
We have another woman right now who has the growth of a baseball in her brain. And it is benign. But she obviously has to have it removed. And no one will take her because she's currently in Iraq. And so she can't go anywhere. We can't get her to -- I think India is saying that they may take her and let her go in the hospital.
But if you're in Iraq, they're not letting you out. And we have one country that may do this, but it's going to cost us a lot of money to pull this off and get these people in. And there are children that have got to get to a hospital. And we would sure like your help on this project.
You can donate at Mercuryone.org/NazareneFund.
PAT: Whereas we once had $12 million, that's down to three now, I think?
GLENN: Three. Yeah, down to three.
PAT: We've spent $9 million in the effort for the 4,000 so far.
GLENN: Yeah, 4,000. And the 11,000 that have also been fed, food and everything else. It's quite remarkable what you're doing.
GLENN: We're also trying to rebuild some of the churches or at least help them on their feet so they can rebuild some of these churches.
Some of these churches, the ones that we're looking at right now are shrines and literally from the year 400 -- these are some of the first Christians, in what was I think ancient Persia at the time.
And so this is -- these are the places where the apostles actually went and visited. The plains of Ninevah. And we're trying help them, as some of them are coming back in and rebuilding. We would love to get your help.
Featured Image: Myrna with her father (R) and priest (L).