By Regina Stewart, Trinity UMC
Canon Andrew White works almost exclusively in Iraq, earning him the nickname -- the Vicar of Baghdad. His work is supported by his Foundation -- The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. He pastors one of thelargest churches in Iraq, St. George's Baghdad. His church ministers to over 4,000indigenous Iraqis and it operates well outside the safety of the International Green Zone. Most of the congregation is women and children -- widows and orphans -- since many of the men have been killed in the decades of violence in Iraq.
His church employs medical staff that provides free medical and dental care to around 150 Iraqi patients every day.
White has been awarded over 15 International Peace prizes. White said, "I have been detained at gun-point, been thrown into a room with people's chopped-off fingers and toes all over the floor, and have had my picture posted on walls around Baghdad with a notice saying, 'Wanted, dead or alive.'" Members of my church have been kidnapped or killed. I have lost many friends. It is very difficult but we never give up."
On Monday August 12, White will be a guest speaker at Trinity UMC, located at 5007 Lawson Avenue in Gulfport, Mississippi. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.