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According to the head of the UN Refugee Agency, the Syrian Crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War.
Nearly half of the population have been killed or forced to flee their homes.
While the physical conditions are heartbreaking, and many organizations have stepped in to provide aid, a great need has arisen to provide resources to help heal the emotional and spiritual trauma.
Refugees face several trauma-related emotional and psychological needs in their present reality.
Many children in the camps struggle with no sense of stability because of the uncertainty surrounding their social and physical environment.
Everywhere you look, a great sense of hopelessness and fear resides.
“We live in tents. It’s like a tribal life. No one prays or worships God like we used to in Syria.” - Another woman told us
The Church community faces an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the physical and spiritual needs of a population desperate for hope and healing.
As teams of young Syrian Christians share the short film “Not Alone” in refugee camps, community centers, and local churches, young people and adults understand that God is not causing them to suffer, but that He is instead a loving, relational God who can provide hope for their future.
As the film and its message of hope is increasingly in demand, we are working quickly to create a companion Book of Hope, called The Survivors, addressing the psychosocial needs of children to aid in trauma recovery.
We see God moving even in the midst of a seemingly hopeless situation.
One expert who describes the religious makeup of the Syrian refugees explains that “one third are very religious Muslim people…one third doesn’t care much about religion… and one third have experienced the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.”
Light is beginning to break through the darkness and youth are encountering the truth of the Gospel.
While talking to children in the camps, one young child said “I have more fun since I met all the members of the church, we play games and they truly love us.”
As children discover the hope of Jesus, the constant of His love is changing their day to day realities.
When asked about their experience ministering in the camps, one team member told us this story: My team and I had arrived to one of the refugee camps in city. As we entered the camp in our vehicle, we could hear a piercing cry from a young child. Once we got out of the van, we found the boy who was screaming. I remember the look of great fear in his eyes. His mother came over to me and explained that her son thought we were the police who took his father away while they still lived in Syria.
We approached Aimar, the little boy, with care to try to get him to calm down. As we began to play with him and joke with him, I could see his manner begin to change. He was beginning to trust us.
We promised we could come the next day to do a program. The following morning, Aimar spotted us right away. He ran in our direction and hugged all three of us.
We went to his tent and did our usual program. We knew the Holy Spirit was at work as we watched Aimar take part in singing worship songs. He learned the actions to the music with the biggest smile on his face. At the end of the session, Aimar took part in the group prayer we do to ask God to give us a new, clean heart.
In the matter of 24 hours, I saw a little boy’s life begin to change through the love of Jesus. From being filled with fear and despair to rejoicing and singing. I know Aimar is beginning his faith journey and I can’t wait to see how this hope will change his life.
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