Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East

+44 (0) 1730 267 673
PO Box 229, Hampshire
, GU32 9DL, UK

Director of Operations Peter Marsden writes...

Another top award for Canon White
4th June 2010
Dear Friends,

If three goals makes a hat-trick, what do you call the forth?  Answers on a postcard please.
For the first time ever the Train Foundation's Civil Courage Prize has been awarded to a British person, namely our very own Canon Andrew White.  He'll be presented with this distinguished award at a ceremony in New York in October for his continuous work in Iraq, striving for peace at great personal risk to himself.

A humbling surprise:
Andrew stated that, although he was aware of the serious nature of this prize, he never dreamt that he would be awarded it.  He stated, "With such great predecessors as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Raoul Wallenberg it is deeply humbling to be honoured in this way".

Andrew is only the third cleric to be awarded this prize.  The first was Bonhoeffer who was granted the prize posthumously for his advocacy for the Jews in opposition to the Nazis until his execution on 9 April 1945.  The Train Foundation's trustees were convinced that Andrew's work in Iraq also exemplified all that the award stood for.

Recognising bravery:
The Civil Courage Prize honours steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk, rather than military valour.  The acts that the Prize recognizes should have taken place deliberately, over time.  By increasing awareness of civil courage, the Foundation's trustees hope to encourage that virtue.
I'm sure you'll join me in offering heartfelt congratulations to Andrew.  A great prize well deserved.

A unique opportunity for you?
In order to keep our Courageous Canon operational in Baghdad, we depend on a small but capable team of staff based in Petersfield, Hampshire who keep the home fires burning.  We get on very well and, frankly, it's a privilege to be a part of this amazing work. 
Sadly, our Finance Manager has had to move to pastures new and we are looking for an accountant to fill her shoes.  Do please forward this email around to any who you might think suitable.  The successful candidate will be:
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate recording and regular reporting of financial information; 
  • Responsible for ensuring that this charitable company remains compliant with all statutory financial regulations that apply to it;
  • Responsible for managingtheFRRME Petersfield officeefficiently and effectively, under the leadership of the Director of Operations;
  • We are a Christian charity and it is a genuine occupational requirement that they are a committed Christian and in full agreement with the aims and objectives of FRRME. 
Salary:               25-28,000 full time
Application by CV and covering letter. 
Email me at for a person specification and job description, or click here 
Deadline:          10 June 2010
Thanks as always for your support,
Peter Marsden

Director of Operations
For more information on the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East please visit our website
Speaking Engagements
Andrew will remain in the UK for a couple more weeks so is therefore making some appearances in churches across the south of England.

Upcoming events:

Sunday June 6th - St. John the Baptist, Burford (11am)

Ascension Church, Balham Hill (6pm)

Thursday 10th -Jubilee Church, Bromley - 8pm

Sunday 13th - Christian Centre, Nottingham - 9am and 11.15am

6.30 -  St Andrew's Chorleywood

Monday 14th - Holy Trinity Church, Coventry - 5.30
Staying on track with the "Pedaling Vicar"
The remarkable Rev David Post (71)  is undertaking a 2000 mile sponsored cycle ride in aid of our work.  Click here to sponsor him.
He has made it possible for us to check in with his progress, using a Global Positioning System.

Simply follow this link
to see where he is up to.
Verse of the Week
Revelation 21: 2-4

"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."