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December 2016 –
Tonight, a Syrian mother sits inside her tent in a foreign land called Lebanon. She is blessed to be alive for her children, who surround her.
Want to meet her? You can when you watch our new video release from Lebanon. Avoiding direct eye contact with the camera, she recalls the bombs, the killings back home, and the risky border-crossing with her children to safety inside the refugee camp.
This is part of her story, but she envisions a much different ending.
“Every mother dreams and hopes the best for their children,” she says. “Now I appreciate that my children are well educated and well behaved…I would love for them to have a role in society where people respect them, and they respect others.”
Respect – it is what every parent wants a child to show, and to be shown. Respect begins with a healthy sense of oneself, when a person considers her or himself as valued and worthy of respect.
As a parent, when I think of Christmas I imagine that Mary and Joseph also wanted the world to respect their newborn son, even in their humble circumstance. However, like the refugee mother, they too had to endure every parent’s nightmare, watching their son, Jesus, as he was “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.”
Here at Tent Schools International, our prayer is that this refugee mother, and all of us, will open up and receive the true gift Christmas offers, that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only, begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him might have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“Whosoever” includes all of us; it includes refugees.
Please help us spread this amazing Christmas message with your generous gift, so children in every tent may be assured that God SO loves them, no matter what season they are passing through in life.
May God truly bless you and yours this Advent season and beyond.
Scott Vander Kooy, President