Here is our final team member’s note about her journey to Jordan.
On our trip I learned just how spoiled we are and how we take things for granted – so unappreciative and selfish.
I saw people with faith, love, and hope with a little of nothing that showed hospitality and welcomed us with open arms-thankful for what little they had and keeping their eyes on the Lord with hope.
When we think about faith like a mustard seed, I saw that firsthand in our home visits the church set up for the refugees where they could come together for the hope needed to carry on.
I worked with children that were far behind in learning and not allowed to attend public schools, and women with skills but could not go to work like we can. I saw how important the church school and women’s center and in-home visits are to those hurting refugees. It’s hard to put into words; just something you have to see to appreciate and understand the great need.
Something much needed that we all can do is pray! Prayers for their families, health needs, visas to be able to go to another country and get settled-just to know they’re not forgotten. The children need to be in school, women need a place to use their skills and feel self-worth, men need jobs to care for their families.
In all it was a very humbling, heartbreaking experience-an eye opener as I could see how we take things for granted but thankful for the opportunity to go, see, and do. Praise God!
Here is a second team member’s note about her journey to Jordan.
My recent journey was truly a journey of love and miracles. When I told my family that I wanted to go to Jordan their reaction was, “No way.” It is hard to explain why as a retired grandmother I felt God was calling me to take this leap of faith and following His lead. I have no visible talent-can’t sing (but I can make a joyful noise), can’t do physical work, but I can and do have a huge capacity for love. And God had a plan for me and my love.
While we were there, my time was spent at the Women’s Center and on home visits. Let me tell you about the Women’s Center. The center offers women the opportunity to come together to learn crafts to perhaps sell them and earn a little money, but more importantly it gives them the chance to fellowship with one another and with us. I met so many beautiful and wonderful women who are just like us in so many ways, but are so much stronger, happier, funny and joyful. One Syrian woman absolutely blew me away in every way; but perhaps the most heart breaking way was her answer when I asked her where she wanted to go. Most people said Canada, Australia, or perhaps Brazil; but her answer was she wants to go home, back to Syria.
See, we are all basically the same; we want to be home. And perhaps many of the beautiful, wonderful people God gave me the blessing of meeting may not get to go home until we are all home with Jesus in heaven.
Our team that went to Jordan had a life-impacting journey. Here is one member’s note about his journey.
On my first Syrian refugee home visit, I choked back tears as I listened to heart- wrenching stories of their lives. I began to wonder how I would make it through the next 10 days. I wondered if my being there was a mistake. Then God began to show me hope! These people who have no material possessions have everything in Jesus Christ. They have faith that I can only pray to have someday. That faith, that God is in control, gives them hope for tomorrow and a better life.
I went to Jordan to be a blessing, but as God would have it I was blessed. Truly a humbling experience that I am grateful for.
Back in Florida from a 13-day trip to Jordan. We had an outstanding time with the team (Latvians, Brazilians, Irish, Americans) pictured below.
When talking with those we went to support, I asked three of them this question: “When I have the opportunity to share with Americans a message from you, what would you like me to share?” Here are their responses:
Receive and love our people. They’ve suffered enough. Don’t add to their pain or cause them more hurt. -Iraqi refugee
When you pray for us, consider that you might be the answer to your own prayer. -Missionary
We believe the American church is our mother church. We pray for you. Please pray for us. -Pastor