So on to day three of our amazing adventure building relationships with refugees and continuing the work that the ministry does here in Jordan. On this day we went to pay a visit to one of ministrie’s best friends… the Sheikh.
The sheikh is head of this village that is mostly Jordanian, but is home to about 300 Syrian refugees. The sheikh is Muslim, but God is definitely moving in his heart and he seems to be following some of the things Jesus commanded us to do. He cares for these Syrian refugees and over time the ministry has just built this wonderful relationship with him. He invites the teams that come to come to his village and visit these Syrian refugees. So we ate with the sheikh and he talked a bit about what he was doing and we visited Syrian refugees.
So all of the refugees we visited were from the city of Homs and have been in Jordan 5 years. They all had many children and some were born in Jordan and some were born right before they left. We heard stories of bombings and shellings and the first family we visited, the boy’s legs were injured because of the bombing. It’s amazing to see how long the war in Syria has lasted. It has been a long and complicated war and now Eastern Ghouta, which is northeast of Damascus, is getting hit the hardest.
Each family we visited different because of how they dealt with their situation. We were noticing that one family was very depressed and barely talked to us. Their hope “level” was very low on the other hand, the last family we visited was more upbeat and smiling all the time and had a lot more hope.
Maybe it is the chemicals in the brain or it’s spiritual or both, but whatever their hope level at the moment, God’s feelings for them don’t change at all. They are still His creation and He still delights over them and loves them and commands us to love them as well.