We don’t feel like we “took the decision to help”. It was just the natural thing to do. We couldn’t just watch what was happening and do nothing about it. So we started to reach out to people in need around us, no matter their religious or political background. We see people as humans first and foremost.
The relief ministry enhanced the image of the church. It helped us become a lighthouse in our area and strengthened our witness. In very dark circumstances, we pray and work to remain messengers of hope. Sometimes we feel that simply visiting the families is enough to give them some form of hope. Our presence by itself comforts them.
What keeps us going is seeing the joy in the eyes of the people we are able to help. This is the only reward we need! Besides, the steady support of partner organizations like MERATH makes us feel like we are not alone in this. We are overwhelmed to know that people everywhere in the world still feel for us and with us and have it on their heart to support us.
We have no idea what tomorrow holds and chances are it will keep on getting worse and worse, but we always hope and pray for the best. Historically, no war has continued forever. We are hopeful that our civil war will stop at some point, hopefully soon, so we can start actively building our country back. Until then and as long as we are able to hold on to what we have in God, we will be OK. We need to always keep on smiling. God is good.
 Fellowship of Middle Eastern Evangelical Churches, MERATH’s partner organization in Syria.