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Missionaries of the Month 7-19

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Greg and Chris Callison have been supported by FPCH since Chris went to Berlin with PCUSA to begin a ministry with the Kurdish people. On one of her furloughs, Greg was her chauffeur, taking her from church to church to give presentations. He feel in love with her along the way, and they were married. He was also a Presbyterian pastor, and resigned from his pulpit, and joined Chris in Berlin. He had to learn German and later, one of the Kurdish languages, but they became a team reaching out to Kurds who were refugees from Iran and Iraq and Turkey. They made a presentation here at FPCH which led to our adopting the Kurds as our Unreached People group in 1991.
Five years ago, they were transferred to Duhok, Iraq, where there are more Kurds. Now they help Kurds in migrant camps as well as in Duhok. Chris had a sewing machine project for Kurdish widows so they could make many things to sell for some income. She also is involved with Girls Days for teenagers, including sports, music, hygiene, etc.

Ayako Utsumi took some collegians to a refugee camp and started a children’s library. She collected children’s books from here, and arranged for shelving, tables and chairs on site.

The Callisons will be guests at FPCH on July 14. They will be interviewed by Joel in worship and speak at Lamplighters. It is a joy to know them and to follow them in prayer. There is a monthly prayer conference with them by telephone, and Missions committee people from many of their supporting churches listen in and hear all that is going on news of their ministry half a world away

Prayer is essential for the 35 million Kurds scattered all over the world. Stephen Mansfield told us much about them when he was here on May 5.
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