Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Partner With Muslim King to Raise $25 Million to Help Christians In Iraq and Syria

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (Facebook)
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (Facebook)

Powerhouse TV Christian couple partner with Muslim king to address ‘crisis in the cradle of Christianity.’

Walking the streets of Irbil, Johnnie Moore was struck by what he saw.

“Christians were everywhere: on the streets, in abandoned buildings, in canvas tents that are not water-proof or winterized,” the former Liberty University chaplain and spokesman wrote of his visit last week to Iraqi Kurdistan. “Having survived eradication by terror groups, they now might die naturally from the coming harsh winter.”

Moore, who now serves as chief of staff for Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, announced yesterday that the powerhouse TV Christian couple are raising $25 million to partner with a Muslim king and help Iraqi and Syrian Christians (as well as other minorities) displaced by ISIS survive the coming winter.

They’ve already donated the first $1 million toward a refugee crisis compared to the Rwanda genocide. The United Nations reports 800,000 people urgently need shelter and 2.8 million urgently need food.

“Having fled their home with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and having seen unspeakable things, these brothers and sisters in Christ are severely traumatized, mostly without shelter,” wrote Moore.

“Things are very urgent. We have to move fast,” he continued. “Winter is coming. This week’s rain will soon be snow.”

Their “Cradle of Christianity Fund” is being administered by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), a leader on international religious freedom issues which primarily works in east Asia.

“To lose the presence of Christians in the birthplace of Christianity is to accelerate instability, while losing precious insight about how best to work in the region,” wrote IGE director Chris Seiple in announcing the initiative. “With the region on the brink, a strategy to rescue, restore, and return fleeing Christians is not only the right thing to do, it is in everyone’s interest to do so.”

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Jeremy Weber

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