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Lorie Smith

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FIRST PERSON: In awe of God’s love for the Iraqi people

SINJAR, Iraq (BP)--I should have been surprised to find myself in the back of an ambulance on a rural road in Iraq, but I wasn't. The journey didn't even make it into the pages of my journal. As we traveled down that lonely road on a hot Iraqi night, it wasn't surprise that invaded my thoughts as much as pure wonder and awe.
      The Iraqi people had been staring war straight in the face for several months now, so it was with uncertainty that 22 Southern Baptist volunteers made the journey through the country and to the family's home where we would be staying. What we found was a family that welcomed us with open arms -- and our fears faded quickly.