Those attending a special service in St Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen on Thursday 16th April, listened in awe as Canon Andrew White, dubbed the Vicar of Baghdad' told of his ministry and life in the war torn country.
Canon White has suffered much hostility in Iraq having served as a minister in the only remaining Anglican Church since 2004. He has also set up several schools helping children get the education they deserve, despite being taken hostage and suffering for the gospel. However he said, "I will never leave my people. I will stand by them."
Before moving to Baghdad he had previously worked at St Thomas' Hospital London as a member of the cardiac arrest team.
Speaking on how he copes with the situations he witnesses, he said, "When you have lost everything, Jesus is all you have got left - faith keeps us going." The Right Revd John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher, welcomed Canon White to the Diocese adding that it was a "privilege" to listen to his experiences in the Middle East.
He said, "The stories Canon White tells are both heartbreaking and heart warming - especially at this time of Eastertide they bear out this truth that darkness can never quench the light."
Linda Corrigan Dean Kenneth Hall Canon Andrew White Bishop John McDowell and Jack Spratt