The college team is now on their way back from Germany after a whirlwind adventure! Check out some of their latest happenings:
"We've spent most of our time at a main refugee camp in the city, where we've been given the opportunity to work with refugee men, women, and children from all over the Middle East, as well as the many native-born Germans and outside organizations that also come to serve.
At the beginning of the week, we met a little girl, "Anna", as she came crying from the children's room of the camp. Taking our hands, she walked with us to the central courtyard where all the children went to play during the day, and we've met her there every day since. Yesterday, however, we were invited into her home to meet her family. Her father and mother welcomed us warmly and told us their story.
In Syria, Anna's family was very wealthy. Her father was a well-known pharmacist, and they had many friends. However, as a result of the war, they took the dangerous journey on the rubber rafts to come to Germany. From Greece to Turkey, it took about an hour and a half on boat, and from there, they made their way to Berlin, hoping to find a better life for their three children. Their family is very close, and the father says that without his family,he would have no hope for the future.
We also met a family of three, and they shared with us their story of escaping war in Syria to come to Germany. The trauma they have experienced is unimaginable, as they shared with us about how they saw friends and innocent people get killed trying to flee. "Shawn," the 20 year old son of the family, shared with us a rap song he wrote about all the war and violence he'd seen in Syria. He translated the song for us from Arabic into English. Yesterday, some of us visited them again and we were able to talk about our faiths (Islam for them, Christianity for us) and how both teach us to love God and others. In the end we prayed together and shared with them the "Prophets Video" - an evangelism tool that connects the prophets stories of Islam to Jesus as Savior.
The Lams have also been reaching out to young families. Thanks to many moms from the U.S., Jessie has been giving out baby carriers to moms. One mom she met, "Rosa," at the processing center told us about how for 1.5 months, she walked from Syria to Berlin while pregnant. Her baby is now 4 months old. She invited the Lams back to a hotel that the government is renting for refugee housing, and Jessie gave her one of the baby carriers!"