Big needs require big help

MAFRAQ, Jordan — To help meet the gigantic community need, National C.&M.A. Church is growing. Two floors have been built, with three more coming soon. The church already operates a small school upstairs – Jordanian schools have no more room for the continuing influx of Syrian children – and Pastor Nour Sahawneh hopes to purchase a couple of properties around town to expand that ministry.

Also, the church’s future space is earmarked for a community center, to teach and train both Jordanians and Syrians.

Financial donations will help fund both of those visions, plus help keep a steady stream of relief supplies flowing to those who need it. Money helps much more than sending clothes, because items then can be purchased in Jordan, which helps the nation’s overburdened economy.

Along with money, the church needs volunteers – to teach school, to do home visits, to help manage warehousing and distribution of relief supplies. The ability to speak Arabic is huge, but not required.

“In the summer, we were helping approximately 80 to 100 families a week,” says Hythem Betts, a worker at the church. “But we were registering 100 to 120 families a week. And that was with all of the resources that we could handle. There just wasn’t enough man force. … We just don’t have the resources, the manpower, and time in the day, to keep up with it.”

To give to ReachGlobal partners serving Syrian refugees:

To learn about volunteer opportunities in Mafraq: email Pastor Nour.

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