This reflection comes from CBF field personnel serving in the Middle East.
“Friend”….. “You”…..”Miss” said the little refugee girl as she parroted what was being said in English around her. She is only four, but she has been uprooted by war and living in a foreign country. Every picture I took of the ladies knitting class, she jumped into the picture, with a big smile on her face.
You would never know that this time last year she was traumatized by her family trying to cross the closed border by crawling under the fence. They were seen by guards and had to leave all their suitcases on the other side. Our little fellowship helped them with food and clothing, blankets and toys.
The Syrian refugee ladies are learning a new skill in knitting little vests for which they will be paid a fair market price. The vests are then given to the refugee children and babies who are living in the camps. Fulfilling the old adage, “give a man a fish , and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime,” our focus is now on helping the refugees learn a skill and earn some money.
Jesus clearly modeled that people must be fed before they will be able to hear the Good News. Thanks to gifts to CBF for the Syrian refugee work, field personnel in the Middle East are able to help the families move from relief work to developing what they can do to survive. Sharing that Christians share the love of God in this way is eye opening to them.
Women are restricted in their homes/tents, they cover their heads and they don’t want their pictures made because “a man might see it.” Islam teaching them to cover and not have their pictures made makes them shy. CBF field personnel show God’s love, and take pictures of their hands knitting.
Support the ongoing work of CBF field personnel serving in the Middle East at www.cbf.net/middleeast-give.