Badee (left) and Nour (right) are in charge of the relief projects of their church in Tartous, Syria
The first earthquake woke us up in the middle of the night, and we had no idea what was happening. We started to pray, believing we were going to die. The houses were shaking very violently. We fled as far as possible from the buildings, towards the sea. Then people told us not to stay close to the sea because there might be a tsunami. We felt there was nowhere safe we could flee. We stayed up all night long, terrified. It was a cold and stormy night, with heavy rain and winds, and it was pitch dark because the earthquake caused a massive power outage. It felt like the end of the world.
Despite everything, we thank God, especially as we are still able to help people in need around us. One of my favorite verses says: “God loves a cheerful giver”. There is truly joy in giving, in helping. This joy is deep and lasts long. It gives you an inner peace that you are in turn able to share with others. It helps you be stronger than your own pain and gives you a sense of responsibility to continue caring for the people.