The more time we spend here at peaceful Dhour Shoueir with our Syrian and Lebanese Christian sisters, the deeper our conversations, the better we get to know each other and the more familiar these Arabic names become.
Everyone has a story. We all have a story!
We awoke this morning to fantastic news!! Her daughter, Amanda, is engaged! Praise God and blessings on the marriage of Amanda and Matt! (We found your venue today!!).
The beautiful lady in the white dress told us her story today after a delicious and plentiful lunch…and dancing:
She and her husband, who is a physician in Damascus, told us that on one day, four bombs dropped in her neighborhood. She saw her neighbors across the street hit. Her windows were blown out. She is happy that her grown sons have gotten out of Syria. She said that she prays, “God, why is this happening? I know you see and I know you have a plan. Please let us live.” She said, “We pray, we laugh, we cry…all at the same time. But today…we dance!”
This beautiful lady lives in Homs with her pastor husband and twelve-year-old son. (Feel free to click on the map to see where in Syria this city, which is larger than Dubai, is located.)
Micheline and her husband choose to stay in Homs, even though it is destroyed by bombing, to serve the poor with food distribution, etc. Tonight, on the front porch, she told us about her new idea! She found a space to rent and open a bakery for the widows in her church to earn money by baking. Many women have lost their husbands and sons in the war. She will get a group to paint the space and fix it up, find a generator, refrigerator, and whatever else it takes to open for business. The brilliant idea is to make sandwich rolls. These cannot be obtained nearby. Also, they hope to make communion bread for churches.
The Presbyterian churches of Syria and Lebanon are very close and supportive of each other. They are very organized into a group called a synod. The synod is giving them a bit of money at first to help get this up and going.
I’m amazed at the joy she has when she explains serving others. She said she has always loved working in the church.
Blessings from Lebanon ~