On my last trip to Lebanon and Jordan, just a few months ago, I saw how life is for Syrian refugees, how people can lose hope.
But I also saw how, with your support, our partners can give people who have lost everything a new hope.
It costs around £36 a day to support E and R as they keep open a school for refugee children on their doorstep in Lebanon. Please consider a donation now.
There is so much I want to tell you, but I hope you will understand that I cannot identify our people working in the region. Though they are often living openly as Christians, in community with their Muslim neighbours, to name them could make them targets and put them in danger.
Yet despite this I have seen that God is at work.
After living abroad, E and R answered God’s call to return to their home country of Lebanon. They told me; “When we arrived, we found our house here surrounded by some 20 Syrian refugee families and their tents.
“I asked the Lord, what do you want me to do? He told me, one day I will have you stand in front of my throne and I will ask you: ‘I was marginalised, what did you do? I had nothing, I had no school, I was a child stranger, what did you do?’
“I went to these families the next morning, so this is how our ministry started. We are teaching Syrian kids, mostly Muslim. It’s normal school, but we are also teaching them the love of God.
“This crisis with refugees is a special time. You can look at it as a problem, but you can also ask, do I have anything to give? And of course, we have a lot to give.”
You can see how God is at work. And there is more:
A is in mission in the north of Jordan, working with a local church giving help to some of the thousands of Syrian refugees in the area. A is teaching English, as well as promoting employment opportunities for refugees. He is also part of the church’s ministry to refugee families, visiting them in their homes and at a nearby camp. He says:
“Please pray for religion not to put up barriers between people here, and that we will each come to love one another fully, regardless of our differences of tribe, nation, beliefs or gender.”
A is in short term mission with CMS.
R and L are also in mission in Jordan, running a ministry for people in need: “Every month we support 50 families with food parcels, and 80 refugee children joined our school in the summer; we are blessed with nine full time staff.
“We are visiting Syrian refugee families and Jordanian Druze.
“In one family we were welcomed, but they prayed just for Muslims, and we were able to talk to them and share our faith and ask, why do you only pray for Muslims? We are Christians, but we love Muslims too. We talked about our work teaching children, and the simple support we give to families around them. So we were able to share stories about Jesus and pray with them in his name.”
R and L are now trying to open another school. Our support goes to their living costs to make their work possible.
It costs around £36 a day to keep R and L providing food parcels. Can you help by making a gift towards these costs?
You see how God is at work, and how your support now could bring hope into the lives of refugees across the Middle East.
I pray you will be able to help, for this is close to my heart: my family are Palestinian refugees so I am a refugee. I have the United Nations card that tells me a status that for my family goes back to 1948. What it doesn’t say on the card and what I know is that a home is a person’s strength. Without it, as the Arabic saying goes, you are a dog on the street; you live without hope.
I believe we must do mission and we must be there now to give people hope. As Christians we should be alongside the Syrian refugees spread across the Middle East. We must fear what they fear, hear their cries and pray with them so they can see that they are not alone.
They are not alone. God is with them, and he calls us to care for them also.
My thanks and blessings,
Regional Manager for Europe, Middle East and North Africa