New York City Pastor Buys Weapons for Christian Militia Fighting ISIS In Iraq

(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/PASTOR BILL DEVLIN) Bronx Pastor Bill Devlin sits behind a Kurdish Peshmerga .50-caliber machine gun on the Syria-Iraq border only a half mile from the Islamic State.
(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/PASTOR BILL DEVLIN)
Bronx Pastor Bill Devlin sits behind a Kurdish Peshmerga .50-caliber machine gun on the Syria-Iraq border only a half mile from the Islamic State.

A New York City pastor has spent about $4,000 of his own money to supply much-needed weapons to a Christian militia fighting against the Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq.

William Devlin, a pastor at Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx who often travels the world to help Christians and others persecuted in the most dangerous places on Earth, has supplied the Nineveh Plain Protection Units with an assortment of rocket-propelled grenade launchers, grenades and AK-47 assault rifles to help level the playing field in the militia’s fight against IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

As the NPU is largely made up of Assyrian Christians trying to defend and reclaim their homelands from IS, the militia often finds itself outmatched by the brutal terrorist group, which has gotten its hands on quality American-made weapons through military victories against U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria and the Iraqi Army.

Devlin told The Christian Post from Kurdistan last week that he visited with NPU Gen. Behnam Aboosh at his base in Alqosh back in April. When Devlin asked the general how he could help the militia, the general simply told him that the NPU desperately needed weapons.

“He said, ‘Pastor Devlin, you and a hundred other people have asked me that same question — U.S. Army generals, people from The Wall Street Journal, New York Times,” Devlin recalled Aboosh telling him. “‘They have all asked — 100 people sitting in that same chair.'”

“He said, ‘Look, I am dealing with a major military force that has United States weapons that they got from the Iraqi Army. ISIS has all these heavy weapons, all these armored vehicles, and I am sitting here in the Nineveh Protection Unit with the equivalent of bows and arrows,'” Devlin continued.

Although the militia has received help in the form of training from United States military personnel, Devlin said the group hasn’t received any weapons from the U.S. government.

“He said, ‘I need weapons,'” Devlin added. “And I looked at him and I said, ‘General, the Holy Spirit just spoke through you. I do not want to be number 101. So, can I buy you some weapons?'”

Devlin said Aboosh was taken off guard by his immediate willingness to buy weapons. However, the general went ahead and made a call to an Assyrian Christian arms dealer. The very next day, the weapons were delivered.

“I was not going to go away from the general without helping him in some practical, demonstrable way because I felt embarrassed that all these other people have asked how they can help him [and did not give the help he needed],” Devlin asserted.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith