LIRS helps orphaned Iraqi children start a new life

Rebuilding Hope, August 2012 edition
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When their mother died and their father left their home country of Iraq to look for work, Grace, 16, Hiros, 12, and Ahmed, 10, made the difficult choice to leave home to search for safety and security in Jordan. Their country was at war and they had no other relatives to look after them.

Life was difficult in Jordan and only Hiros could find work. But after two years the small family received the life-changing news that they had been accepted for resettlement to the United States.

However with Grace now 18, she would be separated from her brothers since they would be placed into the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program (URM) in the United States. This news caused the siblings to make the difficult decision to remain in Jordan.

When LIRS heard about Grace and her brothers, we worked to help Grace become the foster care parent for her younger brothers and allow them to enter the URM program.

Now this amazing family thrives. All the siblings are studying and Grace is also working and has just bought a car. They are rapidly learning English and they have been embraced by the local Iraqi and school community!

“The story of Grace and her brothers is proof that God is using LIRS to help bring the most vulnerable in our society from peril to protection,” says Linda Hartke, President. “This is why we’re so grateful for the friends of LIRS who give and pray.”

Thank you for your continued support of LIRS, which is helping many families like Grace’s find a new life in the U.S. We are grateful for you!

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***Important Update: There are only 10 days left to reach the $110,000 Summer Campaign goal. Your online gift today will enable LIRS to continue meeting the urgent needs of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked children in need of foster care. So thank you for giving to reach the August 31 goal!*** Donate today!