Refugee Surge in Jordan Overwhelms Indigenous Missionaries
August 30, 2012
MAFRAQ, Jordan – Jordanian native missionary leaders say they are being overwhelmed by a new surge of terrified Syrian refugees.
"They are coming under the fences every night, 2500 to 3000 at a time since the border with Turkey closed two days ago," says an indigenous leader of one of the main mission groups who asked not to be identified for security reasons.
"There are already 180,000 refugees here from Syria and they are growing every day – this is a very, very intense time for us." The Christians are responding as good Samaritans to the desperate refugees, helping them find food and shelter. Most are women and children.
He asked Christian Aid Mission and others in the USA to help send more immediate financial aid so that food, medicine and clothing can be purchased on the local market for free distribution to the refugees.
"The refugees are only dressed in light, summer wear and have nothing but the clothes on their backs," said the native missionary. "They don’t want to enter government camps where there is food and water shortages. Instead they are coming to us for food and clothing."
Like all the other frontline states, Jordan has officially closed its borders to Syrian refugees and is trying to resist pressure by Sunni Jihadists from nearby Saudi and Qatar. The Islamic Jihad wants to divide up Syrian territory under various militias in order to help bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite Muslim who is accused of many atrocities but has protected the Christian minority.
A special fund has been set up by Christian Aid coded 400REF to aid the Syrian Christians during this time of crisis. Offerings for the suffering believers of Syria are being collected by phone at 800-977-5650 or you can donate below.
"We want to thank you Americans from the bottom of our hearts," said the Jordanian native missionary. "Your prayer and support is helping us befriend, love and supply aid to these people. Discipleship requires an investment of time, resources and courage – which we trust the Lord to provide to us."
A nearby pastor said, "I feel like finally, for the first time, we are doing outreach successfully."
Among the biggest needs they say they need are:
- $70 each to sponsor the education of one child
- $45 each to supply medications for a refugee family
- $12 each for Arabic Bibles
- $55 each for food packets
- $180 per share of rent if a family shares an apartment with several other families.
All the Syrian refugees told Christian Aid Mission reporters that they have fled Syria after family members were killed. "We lost it all in Syria!" said one woman, "I feared for my children, but here in Jordan they can play without being shot! I worry for my family that didn’t make it out. I lost friends and loved ones! I’ve lost all hope!"
Just crossing the border can be deadly. "We waited until nightfall, climbed through a barbed-wire fence under heavy gunfire with our husbands and kids. Our husbands didn’t make it across."
Another said she came because, "I couldn’t sleep at night as I watched over my kids thinking this is our last night."
Christian Aid Mission has been supporting indigenous missions in Syria and the frontline states of Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey for decades. "We already had an indigenous network in place before the fighting began," said a Christian Aid Mission spokesperson in Charlottesville, Virginia, "we are able to get help to field quickly."