Brian Newman

Brian grew up in a secular, cultural Jewish family on Long Island (outside New York City). His family celebrated the Jewish holidays, he was bar mitzvah, but he was a functional agnostic. At 20 years old as a college student Brian had a dramatic conversion to Christ, which launched him into a life of serving God overseas for 20 years and now in the United States. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere for over 25 years.

In 2011, Brian founded The Isaac Ishmael Initiative to bring together the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In addition to his work with The Isaac Ishmael Initiative he currently serves as Pastor of Leadership Development at Living Word Community Church in York, Pennsylvania.

Brian has earned two Master of Arts degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary – one in multi-cultural studies and the other in theology. He is married to Susy and they have two grown children, a son-in-law, and a grand-daughter – all of whom are awesome!

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Kurds Flee Attacks in Syria

They are a people without a country. More than 25 million Kurds live in their ancestral lands of eastern Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran and yet they are not free. In some cases they have been oppressed for decades.

In October, 2019 the fragile balance of power in northern Syria changed overnight and more than 2 million Kurdish men, women, and children are in danger. They are fleeing an invasion by the Turkish military into Syria.

For a video update from Brian Newman on the Crisis: Click Here

The Kurds have few “safe havens” to move to. One of them is the semi-autonomous Kurdish Region of Iraq. This is where The Isaac Ishmael Initiative is partnering with N2N, a local non-profit in the city of Sulaymeniah.

We have launched an emergency assistance project to provide shelter, food, medical care, and other supplies to the displaced who come to Iraq.

 Click here to donate

For a comprehensive picture at the Kurdish people, go to:

The Kurdish Project