The Church and Society Committee at Birmingham First is sponsoring a refugee family through Samaritas.
A new Syrian refugee family moved into their home. We had a group of Birmingham First volunteers there to greet them and get acquainted. There are 4 members in the Al Farawati family: Hashem (Dad); Feryal (Mom): Ahmad (son) and Hashem (son).
Hashem owned a successful small clothing and children’s toy store in Syria. Five years ago, Ahmad suffered an eye injury as a result of a bomb blast. The family immediately fled Syria for Jordan. The war in Syria has cost them the lives of 5 very close relatives. They lived in Jordon for t 5 years waiting for the opportunity to start their new life in America.
Update – The family is closer to self sufficiency and so we don’t really need much in the way of additional volunteers, although an Arabic translator would be helpful. We are still providing some monetary support for things like rent, car insurance, dental bills, … and we occasionally drive them to an appointment.
If you would like to contribute toward this opportunity to make real the love of Jesus to a family that has been forced to leave its country because of war and persecution, you may write a check to Birmingham First UMC or give online.
For more information, please contact Rev. Dan Hart.