Blog: The Middle East

Is there Hope? Part 3 - Turkish Hospitality for Refugees

Focusing on Turkey’s efforts to provide hospitality to refugees, this is the last in a three-part series exploring the ongoing crisis gripping the lives of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East. The series has examined the ties that bind the Holy Land, Lebanon, and Turkey - three countries experiencing particular strain as they struggle for solutions to the greatest humanitarian crisis to affect the region in modern times.


Nurturing More than Goats

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

This past month was a great time with good news, even though it got hard to help and serve everyone and follow-up with all the people who had the goats. Things went well. Usually, we spent  some days visiting families so we could sit and talk over a cup of tea or coffee. This strengthened our relationships, which would open up opportunities to discuss more.

Work & Socializing Uplifts Her Spirit

House of Ruth, Jordan

The ladies at House of Ruth were happy and did good jobs.  They made beautiful items.

Banan was one of the ladies who lived in the village and went to the House of Ruth every week. She was married and had three children (two sons, who were three and ten years old, and one eight year old daughter). Banan was a homemaker and didn’t work. The only outside type of work she did was making handmade accessories at the House of Ruth.

Is there Hope? Part 2 - Refugees Seek Work in Lebanon

As the second in a three-part series exploring the ongoing crisis gripping the lives of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East, this story focuses on Lebanon. First we explored the unique challenges of the Holy Land, and the third installation will examine Turkey’s attempts to provide hospitality to the refugees. The series studies the ties that bind those countries struggling for solutions.


Sewing Solution for Necessities

Vocational Training Program, Jordan

Abu Rateb was a Syrian refugee from Daraa who fled with his wife and nine children from the brutal situation in Syria. He had struggled to survive in Madaba with his family for four years. Because of the laws in Jordan, refugees were forbidden from working and prohibited from providing for their families.

Heavy-Hearted Survivors

Refugee Families in Jordan

Victims of Violence

We spent some days visiting with families in their home to gather and talk over either a cup of coffee or tea prepared in Syrian way. Besides the basic needs they could not access in light of their current situation as refugees, one important thing they needed was to be heard. They needed a way to express and let out all the sorrow and sadness they had inside their hearts because of what they witnessed back in Syria.

Is there Hope? Part 1 - Violence in the Holy Land

More than four years ago Syrian refugees in search of mercy began fleeing to neighboring countries to escape unspeakable mayhem in their homeland. Early in the crisis, compassionate outreach was abundant for those broken souls, with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey opening their borders, and through 2013, Israel provided field hospital medical care to at least 700 severely wounded and critically ill innocent citizens who were delivered to or collapsed at checkpoints.


Iraq’s Persecuted Seek Refuge, Relief, & Hope

They are one of Iraq’s oldest minorities, an ancient Persian people who have deliberately set themselves apart and kept their faith alive for centuries in the face of continued oppression. Last summer they were targeted yet again for their unusual and somewhat mysterious beliefs, forced to flee with only minutes’ notice in whatever vehicles they could manage, without even knowing where they were going.

“They” are the Yazidi.


Family Life Transformed

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

After attending our Transformational Community Development (TCD) training for a while, two ladies shared with us why they appreciate the lessons:

“Especially from the lectures on Effective Parenting, I learned about relationships that bond.”

The Power of Relationship Eases Refugees’ Burdens

Not so long ago, thousands of families in Syria and Iraq found their lives turned upside down. A need for safe harbor drove them to nearby Jordan. Within a year more than half a million were living in an unfamiliar land.