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Mosul Appeal Project Update

Written by Josephine Minas   

Another Assyrian Christian Tragedy Unfolds

ACERO has responded rapidly and begun to reach many families fleeing Mosul and the surrounding areas, who have sought refuge within local churches.

With the assistance of local ACERO chapter members on the ground, important work has already begun to assist those in immediate need, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic and Arabs affected by the ongoing turmoil.

ACERO chapter members and partners on the ground report that “they are arriving with the clothes on their backs … they do not even have bags”.

The International Organisation for Migration has estimated that 500,000 residents of Mosul have already fled Iraq’s second-city.

ACERO’s Response

  • Financial aid reached the area within an hour of the reports coming in;
  • The school classroom (within ACERO’s Dohuk Housing Complex) has been converted into temporary shelter for displaced families;
  • Local church parishes have set up food distribution points, as the supplies begin to become sparse; and,
  • A priest’s home has been vacated to allow families to use the facilities for shelter.

ACERO’s Trustees are receiving constant updates on the situation in order to ensure the level of assistance provided meets the requirements and is immediate.

ACERO’s Current Requirements

  • 2000 food baskets consisting of: rice, flour, oil, sugar, tea, soaps, drinking water, corned beef and pasta. This food basket costs $50 USD
  • 2 water tankers which can distribute at least 10,000 litres of clean drinking water. The cost of these tankers is $40,000 USD for near to new models
  • 2 water tanks to store water, and 2 electric generators

How Can You Help?

Your generous support will help ACERO to continue providing direct aid and relief to displaced residents of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh region. Please show your support and concern by making an urgent contribution securely  in your preferred currency.


Easter Message from Cor-Bishop Fr George

Written by Josephine Minas   

May I start by wishing you all a Blessed Easter and a wonderful Assyrian New Year 6764.

I am filled with gratitude and joy as I declare that Jesus Christ is Risen! He is surely Risen! Easter is a time of great anticipation of what our Lord and Savior is yet to do; and it is a time of great celebration of what our Lord and Savior has already done.

We anticipate the inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus as we are reminded in 1 Peter 3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” What a great hope we as believers have.

We celebrate that our Savior willingly gave up His life andconquered the grave once and for all. Death has lost its sting. InJohn 10: 14-18, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” What a great love we have received.

As we meditate on the terrible suffering that Christ went through for you and me, let us dedicate our lives to be a living reflection of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness towards us. Let us be the love of God to one another. Easter marks the end of the Old Covenant under law and invites us into the New Covenant under grace. As we give thanks for God’s Salvation, God’s forgiveness and God’s love for all who believe; let us freely reach out to those who need our help, our forgiveness, our compassion and our time. Let us share God’s love in a tangible way this Easter.

I pray that our merciful father will grant each one of us joy, health, and prosperity; but most of all, I pray that we all have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I encourage us all to keep Assyria alive through our actions, in our hearts, and through our language even as we are out here in the diaspora. We must remain active, united and focused in one voice and mind; making sure we support each other, both here and those suffering in the homeland.  May God continue to bless us all

In His Service,

Cor-Bishop Fr. George Bet Rasho


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Christmas Message from Cor-Bishop Father George Bet Rasho

Written by Josephine Minas   

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

I want to start by wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We are all blessed to be able to see another end to a year that I am sure has brought with it many memories.Some memories might be of great joy – like the birth of a new child, a new job, a good health report, or starting a journey with your spouse – for these I join together with you to praise our Heavenly Father for that. Some memories however, might be painful – like the loss of a loved one, struggles with friends, children or family – for these I stand in prayer with you and encourage you to remember that our Savior Jesus Christ reminds us that He knows our pain and it is in Him that we find fullness of joy.

As we look forward to the New Year with new resolutions, I embolden you to be aware of our God given conscience. Our conscience is that inner feeling or voice that guides our actions or behaviors. Let us be conscience of those in need around us, let us be sensitive to those who are emotionally or spiritually weak among us, and let us be aware of those who are lonely in our midstespecially during this Christmas season. May we allow our Father in heaven to use us as his vessels to reach out to those in need, that we may see those yearning for God’s love and have the knowhow to minister to them.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the love that God showed to us over 2,000 years ago. John 3:16 reminds us of this fact as it states,“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. It is because of love that God sent His Son. God wants us to be a reflection of His love to others as this is the only way that others will know that we are His children. John 13:35By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” As we look forward to reuniting with family and friends in celebration of the remembrance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us remember that it will be by our love of God, and our love towards each other that we will be true witnesses of our Heavenly Father whom in His very nature is love.

My prayer is that our New Year resolutions will be guided by consciences rooted in Love. A consciences that will be patient, will be kind and not jealous; consciences that do not brag and are not arrogant, ones that do not act unbecomingly; do not seek their own, are not provoked, do not take into account wrong suffering, do not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; consciences that bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things (I Cor. 13 4-7).

I pray that the Advent season of prayer and fasting, has filled uswith solemn rejoicing at God’s great gift of His son. I also pray that we will have clarity, vision, and a mission as we welcome the New Year. May we grow closer to our Lord and Savior, may we seek to be more like Him in every area of our lives, may we study His word and His character with greater diligence.

May the Lord bless you in all that you do, and may He continue to watch over us all. Again, let me wish you and yours a joyous Christmas and a Blessed New Year. May God’s peace be with you.

In His Service,

Cor-Bishop Father George Bet Rasho


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