‘Jesus won’t leave us’
An important investment the Center of Hope made was financially supporting Ferial’s two children in their studies and with extra tutoring. “This helped us a lot,” Ferial says.
“Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to put Anna in senior year courses. The church made us feel safe and not afraid. We weren’t scared because we have brothers in Christ who are helping us, whatever the crisis is or was. They kept us on our feet without fear; that made the difference.” Without this continuous support, their children wouldn’t have been able to finish their studies.
Ferial knows that many of you have contributed to Open Doors’ work in Syria—and thus to supporting her. “I don’t know what to say to that,” she says. “You’re very generous. I thank you very much. I thank God. He has given us those gifts. He is not leaving us.” As soon as she says this, she cries.
She stops talking for a while, gasping for breath again, drying her tears.
“Please continue to support, as the prices are now increasing daily.” She grabs a tissue and dries her eyes and cheeks. She pauses again for a while. It’s clear the pain of the past and the uncertainty of the future are never far away, even as she has confidence in God’s provision.
“In one day, there is a big difference [in the prices of basic goods]—unbelievable!” she notes. “Every day the prices go higher.” No matter how much she and her husband work, they are not able to earn enough to buy the food they need. The situation in Syria is still desperate.
And yet that doesn’t stop a spirit of generosity growing in Ferial. Through the church’s support and your prayers and gifts, she’s been able to continue walking with Jesus. Her women’s group brings the Bible into her home, and she can look ahead with hope.
“Even if we have nothing, we can try to help those who are in worse conditions,” Ferial says, tears running down her cheeks. “Some time ago I got five minutes to speak in church. I talked about giving to others, that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Every day I wake up, I pray to God, ‘Even if I have nothing, I want to give something.’ I love to give.”
With the support of her brothers and sisters in faith, Ferial feels confident about the future. “I fear nothing,” she says. “After we got to know Jesus, I see a very beautiful and good future. [Even] with all the crises—war, economic crisis, psychological crisis, electricity crisis, water crisis—I feel peace, inner peace. There’s no depression or sadness because we’re so close to Jesus. We say: Jesus won’t leave us. He will get us higher, to the summit of this life. I am sure
we’ll have a better future.”