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IS is losing its hold on countries like Syria and Iraq, but the havoc that the terrorist group has left behind is huge. In no other country has the church been hit as badly as Iraq.
In 2018, Christians slowly but surely returned to their often completely wiped out houses and villages. What has been destroyed is being rebuilt brick by brick. But the church is not there yet.
"When one part of the body suffers, all the others suffer with it; when one part of the body is treated with respect, all others share in that joy, "it says in 1 Corinthians 12:26. You will experience this Bible verse yourself if you go with the Muskathlon to Iraq.
You travel to the cradle of Christianity, where persecuted Christians can use your support more than ever.
For years the Muskathlon in the Middle East took place in Jordan, Israel and Lebanon. There have always been encounters with Christians from Iraq, but it has long been our desire to meet Iraqi Christians in their home country. This was not possible due to safety. Until now.
In 2020 you can join the Muskathlon to Iraq!
The Muskathlon is an ultimate challenge in an extreme location, to raise maximum funds for persecuted Christians. This Muskathlon in Iraq will take place from 3 to 10 October 2020. 4M is organizing this Muskathlon in collaboration with Open Doors.
With your help, Open Doors will be able to continue supporting Christians in Iraq with, among other things:
Training trauma coaches à vital after all violence and destruction
Reconstruction of houses and churches (in 2018 Open Doors helped 25,000 Christians return to their homes in Iraq).
The Muskathlon week
The 4th Musketeer and Open Doors are currently putting together a program for this Muskathlon. An overview of this program follows.
The travel sum for this Muskathlon is € 2550 including airline ticket from the Netherlands.
The following costs are included in the travel sum:
- Inspiration evenings organized by 4M and Open Doors with advice in raising funds and training for your Muskathlon by professionals.
- Hotel accommodation, transport and food during the Muskathlon week
- Inspiring sessions for personal development
- Team time
- Visits to Open Doors projects
- Medical advice during the week
- Sports training
The following costs are not included in the travel sum:
- Transport of mountain bikes to and from Iraq
- Possible visa costs
- Costs for having a sports medical examination performed
- Costs for possible vaccinations
This Muskathlon starts on October 3 and lasts until October 10. It is not possible to join the group later or to leave this Muskathlon trip earlier. Please note that a maximum of two travel days can be added to these dates.
If for some reason outside the control of 4M and Open Doors the airlines cannot offer tickets for the majority of the group on the indicated dates, the start and / or end date of the Muskathlon will be adjusted. This will of course be communicated in a timely manner.
The costs for transporting a mountain bike are not included in the travel sum. This differs per airline and is therefore only known when the tickets are booked.
When registering you must make a first deposit of € 100. After receiving your payment, your personal Muskathlon profile including a fundraising page will be activated.
Part of the funds raised is used for the operational costs of the Muskathlon.