Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and training for local doctors and nurses, creating peace between communities at odds.
In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
Jeremy and Jessica have a daughter, Emma (b. 2005), and a son, Micah (b. 2007). In his spare time after saving lives, Jeremy is a musician and songwriter. He is also passionate about discovering ways that people can build meaningful bridges of understanding and reconciliation across cultures through music and storytelling. Jessica is a full-time mother and an avid quilter, seamstress, scrapbooker and gardener.
See Jeremy elsewhere:
• Preemptive Love Coalition
• Jeremy’s Book ‘Preemptive Love’
How did you get the idea for Preemptive Love Coalition?
“I had more access and more resources and more connections than they could possibly hope for, so I should at least try,” explains Jeremy Courtney, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC). Sometimes, projects like PLC work best when putting one step in front of another. Now, the PLC has treated 681 children. “But there was no grand plan…it was just one little girl.”
How has your perspective on Islam changed over the years?
“It’s changed tremendously,” admits Jeremy Courtney, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC). It is natural for people to try to put others in boxes. Personal experiences and open minds can help lead to a better understanding. “I knew intuitively that not every Christian was the same…so I started becoming more and more open to the idea that Islam might be that diverse as well.”
An overview of ‘Preemptive Love’
“It’s really a story,” tells Jeremy Courtney, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC). The book starts with their early days in Iraq, mistakes in the beginning of the project, and the stages of growth that PLC went through. “What I’m hearing from people as they read it is that it’s a ‘warts and all’ account…which is what I wanted.”
More Jeremy Courtney Videos
How do you deal with being overwhelmed by what you’re trying to accomplish?
An Iraqi Perspective on the War
Misperceptions of Iraqi People
How do you as a Christian approach speaking to American Muslim communities?
Should Christians support economic sanctions?
What is Preemptive Love Coalition’s long-term strategy?
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