Blog: The Middle East

Two Are Better Than One!

*O-Town, Turkey

“Do you enter this union of your own free will? Can you confirm that no one is forcing you? Do you want to take this woman as your equal [the Turkish word is “eş”]?”  

Water, Health, and Kid’s Camp for Refugees

Refugee Families in Lebanon

There are many Syrian camps in different sizes and in different areas. The Syrian refugees’ number has arrived to be over 2 million. In one of the camps, we dug a well to provide the camp members with clean water to drink and cook with. The water may be used directly from the well and doesn’t need any filter or anything. Also, this well is to be used to irrigate crops. The refugees are benefiting from the water, as well as from the crop production of the nearby land.

Recounting His Life of Suffering

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

My time spent in Dafyeaneh is always such a great time for me. Yes, I go there to check the goats and gather the updates, but it’s a privilege to spend some time with the hosting families, visiting their homes (Jordanian & Syrian), and listening to their life stories.

Ready for Creativity and Productivity

House of Ruth, Jordan

Meet Hiba, a young married woman who has two children and a bachelor degree in psychology. One child goes to school, and her husband works in the military. This young lady joined the center because she wants to help her family have a better life. She wants to be productive.

Sustaining Hope in Difficult Times

Refugee Families in Jordan

Healing Hope

Syrian refugee families continue to open their homes to our GHNI staff. We are invited to spend good times with them, talking about their stories of hope.

The woman of one Syrian family mentioned that her sister was very sick. They took her to see many doctors and paid a great amount of money, but she was not healed. We went to visit the family, spent some time encouraging them, and offered words of help and hope.

Individuals Receive Encouraging Hope

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

We are continuing to transform the community through education.

*Kamilah has a lot of problems in her house. When we started to teach about the subject of “Respect”, she was listening and asked for help in getting her children to respect her. She especially struggles with her husband’s daughters. We were trying to offer her some advice, and after we finished the lecture and all the people were leaving the room, she thanked us.

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.