From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2 (NKJV)
Rasha looks out onto the bleak, barren landscape from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Although there are 80,000 refugees in this particular camp, she still feels alone. Forced to flee, she left her home, her family, her job and her normal everyday life with only the clothes she was wearing. We cannot begin to imagine the feelings of hopelessness and despair she feels.
With numbers still growing, many are having to live outside of the camp. The Bible Society in Jordan is working with local churches to meet the needs of people like Rasha by providing relief packages, Scriptures and emotional support.
The scale of the need is overwhelming and we have chosen to support our colleagues as they seek to show God’s love, often in very practical ways, both physically and spiritually.
We need your help today to make sure we can provide the resources required to support people like Rasha.
This support project is named “Bread and Bread” – providing both physical and Spiritual food. Lives are being changed as people read in the Scriptures about God’s love and then see this love in practical action.
Salma and her husband ran a local shop in Syria. They lived a comfortable life with their seven children. But then the bombs were dropped. Salma and her family left everything they had and fled for the safety of Jordan, they didn’t think it would be for long. Three years later, Salma’s home town has been all but destroyed. The family has lost everything – their home, the shop, the life they used to know.
In the midst of all this, the Bible Society in Jordan has found the family an apartment – basic, but a home nevertheless. They have introduced Salma to a local church, where she has been attending a weekly women’s group.
That was where the biggest change happened. There, Salma shared her worries and received prayer. She was given a Bible and through reading it she met Jesus – the Jesus she now puts her faith in.
‘Jesus makes life worth living, even though I own nothing,’ she said. ‘The Bible is everything in my life. I’ve changed. I believe God brought me here from Syria, to go from dark to light.’
That’s the difference your gift can make.
‘It’s really difficult to think about Syria and all that destruction as my relatives are still there,’ says Syrian refugee, Oum Ousama.
‘We came here alone and lonely, and so all I can do is pray that our family has survived.
Because of the war our family is scattered around the world. That’s very painful.’
Oum (67) is among the many families who are currently receiving Bibles, pastoral care, monthly food rations and basic provisions such as mattresses and second-hand clothes from the Bible Society and local church volunteers.
Evangelism might be outlawed in this predominantly Muslim society but kindness and generosity aren’t. Jordanians are known for their hospitality and the Christians of Jordan are no exception. So it’s not surprising that people from a Muslim background are finding faith in Christ. Oum Ousama is one of them.
‘They brought food packages,’ she says of the local Christians, ‘but what I really cared about was the Bible and spiritual help that I received. Believing in the Lord is all the money that you need. It has made such a difference to know that God is always with me. My three daughters have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. It’s enough that He is with us always. I’m thankful for that.’
Oum says that her favourite passage is the Lord’s Prayer. ‘It connects me with the Lord and it makes me feel that I am not alone in the world any more. It is my daily prayer,’ she says.
Your gift today will help the Jordanian Bible Society introduce more people to Christ through the “Bread and Bread” project.