Preemptive Love Coalition to merge with Search for Common Ground

by | Mar 16, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — A year after ousting its founders, the Preemptive Love Coalition announced Thursday (March 16) that it has merged with the international peace-building nonprofit Search for Common Ground.Search for Common Ground CEO Shamil Idriss called the merger a “strategic leap forward” that allows the work of Preemptive Love to continue while expanding the broader goals of the joint organizations.
“Preemptive Love’s rapid response capabilities and community development experience, paired with the established history and experience of Search, will greatly expand the ability of both organizations to serve the communities with whom we work,” he said.
The merger brings an end to a year of uncertainty for Preemptive Love.
Founded in 2007 by a pair of ex-missionaries living in Iraq, the group grew rapidly by rallying young supporters to provide funding, first for heart surgeries and then expanding to broader relief work in the Middle East and beyond. Founders Jeremy and Jessica Courtney had a knack for convincing supporters they could play an active role in responding on the ground and were especially gifted at video storytelling and the use of social media.
Even though Preemptive Love is a secular organization, its work proved particularly attractive to Christian influencers and young Christians who were disillusioned with politicized religio …

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