Meet Iraq Country Director Billy Ray. The Rays have served with World Orphans since 2007. Before joining our team, Billy worked in Turkey for six years helping with church planting efforts. Now in Iraq, the Rays have worked alongside local leadership to develop The Refuge Initiative, a community center project complete with a soccer field, refugee micro-camps, a school, and the Love Does Hospital.
The Rays have stood with the Kurds in the face of the threat of ISIS. They are now caring for nearly 500 refugees that fled from Shingal Mountain and the plains of Mosul, having built three small camps for them to call "home" for the time being. The Rays have most recently been focused on their newest project—the Love Does Hospital. This facility allows The Refuge Initiative to address a wide array of physical needs.
With World Orphans, Billy has traveled to Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Turkey, and Uganda. In his free time, he enjoys photography, playing tennis, reading (history, biographies, and classic literature), playing soccer, DIY around the house, and hiking. He currently resides in Iraq with his wife, Dawn, and their three sons. Follow their story at rescueiraq.com.