Love first. Ask
In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney
found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping
to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was
dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned
that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in
line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to
save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to
be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic
needs of Iraqi hospitals—the place where these children really should be saved.
Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living
conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and
distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands upon thousands of
Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery.
From the front line of the struggle for peace, Courtney
writes a firsthand account of lifesaving and peacemaking in the world’s most
notorious war-torn country. In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of
love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first. Download and start listening now!