I am going to quote a new friend and staff member, R ( I cannot use his name for security reasons). He sent me this reflection this morning and it moved me.
R is young and has just joined our staff. I am glad that he chose us, and even more glad he has chosen the people who are unloved and unwanted by so many.
“It’s my first day here, and we wasted no time, heading straight into the camps – a very serious situation, one that I really had to see to understand – knowing little of the situation and history here, it’s a very fast and real eye opener.
I have never met a friendlier people—a heart warming openness to our presence. I saw a people deemed insignificant by ‘authorities’, yet significant in that I personally know that they are loved and cared for, if not by those that should – by us as a team, and most importantly, God.
There is no greater joy than seeing a smile in such darkness, giving a glimpse of the will to stand up for themselves, above a life weighed down by heavy burdens and a self-worth beaten and broken – a poor spirit so disturbingly walked over, because of an unreasonable hatred towards them – the words spoken from the people themselves that really hit my heart: ‘we are ready to die here’.
It was comforting knowing that they were so open to our presence, so willing to have us, but as the storm still approaches, for me personally it comes down to faith, trust in God, and the strength of a community.”
The good news is that it seems the storm has passed, and that only minimal damage was done in the camps. The bad news is that the refugees still have to stay there, in the dirty camps without much to eat, if any.
I am glad they have people like R working on their side.