Help Me Serve Our Syrian Neighbors
My name is Jimmy Doyle, and I am from Edmond, Oklahoma in the United States. For one week in April 2017, I will be joining a small team of others from the U.S. on a journey to love, serve, and learn as we connect with Syrian refugees in Jordan and with others who are providing care and support. Our trip is organized by The Nations, a non-profit organization based in Ohio which works to facilitate connections with refugee neighbors locally and globally. The Nations non-profit has organized this trip for volunteers, and I have an opportunity to join them on their journey. I am raising funds to help off-set the cost of travel, food, and lodging for my trip.
REFUGE IN JORDAN
The frequent and unimaginable violence raging in Syria has left many Syrians scattered throughout the Middle East, as they seek safety and refuge for themselves and their families. One example of where this is occurring is in a Jordanian community just across Syria’s southern border. This once small town now hosts over 80,000 Syrian refugees, and a committed local group has risen to the challenge of meeting the immediate and long term needs of refugees. Their work is difficult, but their passion and commitment to love others is overcoming the numerous difficulties and making a tremendous difference. Though small in number, , rich hospitality, and the opportunity of life-giving community for their new Syrian neighbors.
OUR PURPOSE AND GOALS
During our time in Jordan, we will be working alongside this local group and other volunteers from around the world in providing food and other necessities for refugees. We will also to provide relief for the group’s local long-term volunteers and workers.
Our intent is that trip is the first of many opportunities to grow in meaningful friendships with refugees, local and internationally. We realize that our team will only be in Jordan for a short period and that what we provide materially during the trip is only a very small element in a complex situation that will require long term engagement and resources. However, we also know that the presence of those willing to travel so far in order to serve, share meals and conversation, and listen to their stories communicates something very important to those who feel forgotten by the world. We also know that after our trip, we will be more fully equipped to begin and build meaningful relationships with middle-eastern refugees in our own local communities In addition, we also plan to facilitate similar trips to Jordan for others in the future.
Funds raised will be used for basic airfare, lodging, food and other travel costs for our work to serve refugees. My total fund-raising goal for this effort is about $1500. This will offset my personal airfare costs, Jordanian visa fees, and monies given to The Nations organization for transport, food, and lodging while in Jordan. Any financial resources raised over this amount will be used for future trips to serve Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Thank you in advance for your financial support and for your prayers!
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