When the US Troops moved into Iraq and ousted the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Lord burdened my heart to go to Iraq and seek to establish a Baptist church. January 9, 2004 marked the date of the official dedication of the church. More than 300 people attended the dedication. The ministers laid hands on Bro. Maher and separated him for the ministry, to be ordained at a later date. As a result of the preaching of the Word of God on the day of dedication and the three days following, over 130 people gave their lives to the Lord.