Are there really people like this in the world? When I am around them, I feel the most wonderful peace, just knowing some people have such hope inside of them, and that they are willing to help strangers without anything in return. Roula even thought of my son with autism, stuck at home because of the lockdown, and she got him a tablet so that he isn’t too bored and doesn’t give me a hard time.
I always ask myself why they were on my way and are helping me like this. I thank God because he placed her in my path. I was walking in Beirut crying and thinking out loud. I was wresting with God, I was worrying all the time. There was no life anymore. Roula and the church came and gave us life. They are such a blessing to us.
Cheikha’s story is a perfect example of why we choose to work through churches. We come alongside them as they are already reaching out to people out of compassion and genuine love. Most of our partner churches have a pre existing relief ministry which was born out of their own vision and which is sustained through various Christian organizations. We only complement where we can and where there is a need, but if we were to disappear, the churches would still remain and continue their fantastic job.