An American pastor based in Bronx, New York is paying underground rescuers in northwest Iraq thousands of dollars to help young girls enslaved by ISIS escape.
For approximately two years, ISIS has held control of the northern Iraq city of Mosul. To combat the terrorists thousands have tried to fight them off in recent months, however the most gains have been made in the past three months when renewed advancements and wins against the extremists by Iraqi national and Kurdish forces, people are seeing glimmers of positive changes and the horrific tragedies experienced by vulnerable groups like women and girls are being unearthed and shared.
Bill Devlin with Infinity Bible Church has visited Iraq “multiple times” over the last few years and on one of his most recent trips, the pastor participated in an “Underground Railroad” network that helps ISIS captives like Christians and Yazidis find freedom shortly after he felt called to venture to North Iraq last year, a trip made because of a $1500 donation to a displaced Yazidi mother, whose husband and son wanted to get her back and had no money to do so.
Since that moment, the pastor has been hooked. Saying, he’s taken two additional trips, one this past August and an additional one around Christmas. Both experiences have allowed him to help families escape ISIS from his funding. In one case he reported, he was able to rescue three enslaved girls.
Ironically this opportunity didn’t just come to Devlin. He got introduced to the “trade” after having dinner with Yazidi lawyer Khaleel Khaleel al-Dakhi, his wife, Ameena Saeed Hasan in 2016, when they asked, “would you be interested in rescuing Yazidi girls and women from ISIS?”
And of course, Devlin said, “Absolutely, I’m in.”
Devlin’s financial help and efforts have helped save 200 people, Hasan told the Christian Post.
But the rescue efforts are getting harder, he explained. Saying that, captives are now being held separately.
Whereas before, all the captives would be held in large groups, Hasan said. And so far, Hasan says Devlin’s monies have made a huge difference.
Devlin runs an organization outside of his home church called REDEEM, an organization that allows people to purchase goods to make a difference.
(H/T: Christian Post)
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