This week’s focus has been on building relationships with Muslim Syrian families in their homes.
We have been able to openly share God’s love with people who have been torn from their homes and country. Many have lost everything; from possessions to family members when they left Syria.
We enter their homes bearing small gifts of beans, rice and other basics to help the families and thank them for their hospitality. But what we really bring is the hope in God’s love and His desire for restoration of their broken hearts and families.
Prior to our visit the other night, God gave us John 13 to read. It is the story of when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Our friend who had started these house visits told us this had never been done.
The family graciously welcomed us into their home. When the husband came in from work, we noticed his feet were very dusty from his 12 hour work day. When we shared the story of what Jesus did and why, he began to cry. As we prepared the bowl to wash his feet, he initially refused. He told us that as visitors in his home, he should be washing our feet. But we knew that God wanted us to do this. When the man responded like Peter did to Jesus, it was an even further confirmation. We told him Jesus did this to show how much he loved them.
“We want to show you that Jesus loves you and so do we.”
Our persistence paid off, and we washed this strong man’s feet that night.