Tulsa Doctors Leave For Iraq To Help Refugees

A group of Tulsa doctors is on their way to help Syrian refugees in Iraq.

The physicians are part of a non-profit team from In His Image international.

They left Saturday afternoon for a 10-day emergency medical relief mission.

The 12 team members will disciple and train healthcare professionals to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the refugees.

"There's a lot of people that have heard the story and the plight of the Syrian refugees over there and don't know what to do and don't know how to help," says Mitch Duininck, who is part of the team. "Our team members share their story and what they feel called to do, they step up to help."

Duininck says, "We have a strong conviction, we really believe that we've been blessed, that God has gifted us here. We've heard about the need, heard about the troubles people have, and we're compelled by our faith, by our Christian faith to go and help those who are less fortunate, those who are suffering. We just go and share the love of God with people."

They say the government there has invited the team to go, so they are not concerned about any issues, but say they are prepared just in case.