“Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Siham used to be a pharmacy tech in Aleppo. After fleeing to Tyre she has found a new calling...educating the women in refugee camps. What the women here lack most is community, for a few hours a day they are free of their work obligations and their children are cared for by volunteers. Siham helps them learn Arabic script which will hopefully lead to a higher paying job.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” -Matthew 18:20
Kids are all the same. Kids in refugee camps are just as goofy and playful as the kids on your block. This boy tried to beat the heat by having one of our team members dribble water on him.
This group of Syrian women learn English in a refugee camp in Tyre, Lebanon. The women have about two hours for learning after spending a day working in the fields before heading back to their shelters and caring for children and housework.
Abu Miriam is a preacher in Lebanon. Carrying an Arabic Bible he sat in a bare room surrounded by a Kurdish family, the only furnishings were a rug, two mats to sit on, and a cross made of sea shells on the wall. With the curtains drawn to the theocratic world outside, Abu Miriam explained the text of John 8 to a rapt audience. The light from a single bulb flickered and eventually died as rolling blackouts hit the neighborhood as he speculated what Jesus wrote in the sand to the adulterous woman. As the Kurdish people explained afterward, they are fascinated by the book of Acts--seeing many parallels of their small meetings to the nascent church of the New Testament. The study closed with three prayers, in English, Arabic and Kurdish.