Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Courtneys

I love this family. Jeremy and Jessica Courtney, along with their kids Emma and Micah, live and work in Northern Iraq.

I started to say that they work to get heart surgeries for the thousands of children in that area born with debilitating heart defects, but their work is so much more. They develop relationships with these hurting families, showing them the love and healing that only Jesus Christ can give, and they create an environment for dialogue between communities which have known only enmity; between Kurds and Arabs, between Christians and Muslims, between Muslims and Jews, between Turks and Iraqis, between Americans and Middle Eastern peoples.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says, "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." Jeremy and Jessica, the rest of the Preemptive Love Coalition team, and even Emma and Micah live out this reconciliation every day. What is reconciliation but healing broken hearts?

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