One of our summer interns, Christian, doing a Bible study with some refugees.
An Educational Legacy
Louis and I have a huge passion for curriculum development, training, and education. Our parents were all involved in education, and my sister and I have both become teachers in school, and Louis in religion as a pastor. It is a huge piece of our hearts, culture, and family legacy.
Being in charge of the internship program here has been one way that we have been able to engage with that passion. Two of the interns we had this year (one of our summer interns is pictured above) are considering coming on staff with Horizons since returning home after their summer internship. Two others have gotten jobs working with refugees in California. We are so excited to be a part of something bearing fruit, and it also fills us with joy to be a part of their lives while they are here. When we return from the States we have three interns coming for an internship that will begin in February. This will continue to be a part of what we do moving forward, helping train and execute an internship program that is about learning to create your own personal ministry so that you can learn how to do ministry anywhere and with anyone.
Perhaps you are interested, or you know someone interested, in refugee work. Please consider coming to our center in Beirut. The work being done here is miraculous. People who have fought since the beginning of fighting are getting along in order to share the gospel. I also want to share the blog of our first intern who has since joined us on staff. She has beautiful stories of what we are doing here, and I would love for you to see! Her name is also Annie!
One of our summer interns, Michael, with some of the refugee children.
Unicef has put out several heart wrenching commercials alongside famous Hollywood stars sharing about the soon to be lost generation here. The war in Syria has gone on longer than five years now. This means there are children displaced, out of school, traumatized, whose lives have been interrupted for some to all of that five year period. When I was in training to be a teacher the stat they taught us was that if a kid moves, his parents get a divorce, or some other huge stress occurs in his life, that child will lose a year even if we work with him and he is present for class. Now compound that with the things these kids have seen, the immense trauma and strain and lives these children have already lived before the age of 10.
I refuse to believe this is a hopeless situation. War has happened before. People have been displaced before. And we have capabilities like never before. God is doing a new thing, and we know that He cares for the children in that.
This is an Arabic expression meaning Little by Little.
Louis and Annie
This is another one of those reports where we don’t have full clarity yet, but we want to share with you where our hearts are at. Part of the reason that we ended up putting Davy into school here was so that I would have more opportunity to go down to the center to tutor Ivan. In the future we hope that can remain a possibility. Our hearts are for the middle school and high school aged children. Opportunities are beginning to peek out like new buds on a flower, but we haven’t had a clear call.
Then, there is Kyrie Rebekah. She can start school here next year, at 2. Since she isn’t even talking yet, we are a little hesitant, but at the same time we are loving Davy’s school. Putting her in would help us get residencies and longer visas, but we are waiting on God to see His plan.
Finally, Annie. Me. I was told by God when pregnant with Davy to take five years to be a stay at home mom. Every year I try to bargain with God to see if He meant something different. This year was no different. As I have been helping Louis in more of a Personal Assistant role, I wanted to start to ask if I could get some benefits or have an actual HR role. God said no. I can volunteer. In my prayers this past week God was bringing to my mind the different steps He has asked me to take and told me that this next year I would be a student. Louis and I need another boost in Arabic, so we are planning on increasing our hours with our tutor.