Blog: The Middle East

The Work of Women’s Hands Brings Hope to Families

House of Ruth, Jordan

Adjusting to life in an unfamiliar country can be challenging enough for those who choose to move there. For families forced to flee their homeland due to violent and ongoing regional conflict, the difficulty is even greater, compounded as it usually is by poverty and inadequate living conditions.

Imagine, then, how gratifying it is to find a means of self-support…and even better, to help support your community in the process.

Searching for Hope

Syria-Iraq Disaster Relief

The catastrophe of the catastrophe of the Syrian-Iraqi crisis worsens as more than 1.8 million people have been driven from their homes this year alone.

Glimpses of Hope

Fleeing for Their Lives

Iraqi Refugee Families in Jordan

*Nassam’s Story:

We entered this quiet home and were greeted with warm smiles. It felt very peaceful as we sat down on their small couch to listen to their story.

A Little More Understanding

*O-Town, Turkey

For a while now, Dr K, our key leader in Turkey, has been ill with a very serious blood disorder. We are happy to report good news about his condition!

Center of Activity

House of Ruth, Jordan

Some local ladies are willing to come once a week and make handmade crafts to be sold as a production of this center and a source of income for them. They are very excited to proceed with this project and that they will be doing something to help their families.

We have found some ladies to run the accessories project and hope to find teachers to run the classes. It is our dream to continue running these programs and make this center active.

Practical Help

Vocational Training Program, Jordan

Nimar is our man of peace in Mafraq. He is a Jordanian and came to us asking for help. By loaning him 500 JOD (about $500) to buy a sewing machine, he will be able to start a small project on his own. This is such a good development and improvement in spreading hope in a way this man understands.


Remaining Faithful to the Displaced

Refugee Families in Jordan

We did a Transformational Community Development (TCD) focus on health education in the Syrian refugee camp. A dentist with us taught the children how and why they need to brush their teeth. Old and young were listening.

Raising My Children with Love

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

As I write this, I am very encouraged by the work already done in our training for women and families, and the fact that word has spread quickly. It changes their lives, and they are keen on sharing it with others. Here is a story from the meetings, when a woman named *Eim shared about dealing with her children:

A Look Inside: Victims of War

Below is an update from Mike Parks, Disaster Relief Director at GHNI, who recently visited refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East.

It was a busy day visiting refugee and IDPs. One camp was a mix of Syrians, Yazidis and Christians - three locations where Yazidi families have settled, and one camp of Christians (set up on the land of Orthodox churches)