Blog: The Middle East

Changed Life

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

Mary, a foreign volunteer, came to stay in a village and teach English. She was very busy, as she was teaching every day from 10 am to 5 pm, three different groups of people totaling forty-six people over three weeks, consecutively. Can you imagine? She was really tired, but also very happy and grateful for this experience. Not only was she teaching the villagers English, she also lived in the village to share her life with them, and they with her.

Witnessing Terror

Syria-Iraq Disaster Relief

We have finished day six. One of our activities has been recording videos to tell the stories of the people who fled the terror of violence.

Good News for Dr. K!

O-Town, Turkey

This is the big news that many of us have been waiting on for many years. As you know, last year Dr K was faced with life-threatening medical conditions. Although the crisis has passed, it was determined that he has a chronic blood disorder that could eventually cause quality-of-life issues and possibly shorten his days on earth. Understandably, this diagnosis shook Dr K, causing him many tough days and to examine his life. Thankfully, he doesn’t have to walk this path alone.

Bringing Help, Just In Time!

Refugee Families in Jordan

This family we met long time ago are good friends to us now. Many great things happened with this family that we are definitely thankful for.

At the end of 2014, we were with a team, divided into groups going on visits. One day I got overwhelmed, bored, and got this sense to stop what I was doing and to go visit Abu Nafit and his family, to sit there with them and drink a cup of Syrian tea. And that is what we actually did when we arrived there.

Building Relationships through Goat Farming

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

This month we were visited by some friends from the United States who joined us on our visit to Mofaradat. They were so happy to meet all the ladies who host the goats, and they filmed the goats to help promote getting some support for this family and the project in general. This month was very cold, also, which unfortunately caused us to lose one goat.

Earring Income and Having Fun

House of Ruth, Jordan

We are happy and glad that House of Ruth is to be active this month. There are between seven to ten young ladies meeting once a week to work in the centre and spend time together.

Beautiful Crocheting Pays the Rent

Vocational Training Program, Jordan

As we were able to begin a Transformational Community Development (TCD) project with *Nassam’s family, we gave them a small loan to buy more yarn. As they create new items, we’ve been telling people about *Selah’s crochet pieces. We have actually sold some pieces out of her handiwork. She does beautiful items.

The Transformation Message is Getting Out

*10th Leper Village, Holy Land

One can see that the Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons do make a difference in the life of people. *Ramiza shared:

Healing from the Trauma of Political Conflict

Death was all around them. Fathers, brothers, children, wives, grandmothers and grandfathers died in the attacks. They fled their homes and their country to escape the horrors of conflict and violence. Some now live in tents in large refugee camps in surrounding countries, fighting to get a handout of food or other necessities. A few have found a small apartment...shared with two or three other families. On top of the nightmare they left behind, Syrians who used to have homes, jobs, bank accounts, and schools to attend are subjected daily to crime of many varieties.