25 Jun Through The Eyes of Women
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
~ Jn 4:9 & 10 MSG
from Syrian Women
“When left alone, you have to push boundaries and make things happen. When you are weak, you are done. You have to be strong to defend yourself, your kids, and the household.” Lina, Syrian refugee in Lebanon
Heard it said in front of his wife: “Next week I’m going to get a younger, more beautiful wife. She knows – the stars don’t align for her and me. It’s a good thing I don’t kick her out. I provide a place for her to stay.”
“Syrian refugee women are the glue holding together a broken society.” U.N. worker
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What does it mean to be a refugee woman?
It means you must hold your family together even when you don’t know how to do that. It means you are completely dependent on others for even your most basic needs. It means you must give your children hope and protection when they have none.
Maha is (a) 32, a mother of two, whose house in Daraa was destroyed by a bomb in December 2012. She fled to Beirut, Lebanon, where she now lives in a concrete room with a dirt floor near a motorway underpass. She works intermittently as a housekeeper, but the cost of living surpasses her ability to keep up with what her family needs; she struggles to find enough money to pay the $200 rent and is already $400 in debt.
Hala, 32, from Baba Amr, has seven children, one born during the crossing to Lebanon. Her journey alone is one of endurance. However, once settled in an informal settlement in Lebanon, Hala decided to open her already crowded home to two other Syrian refugees, sisters aged 21 and 14. They share a space that barely holds a few mattresses on the floor. There is almost no room to stand up, none to play and hardly any space to cook. But for Hala, there is solace in caring for someone else and sharing experiences. As a young woman herself, who feels preyed on by many men outside her tent, Hala wants to shield the sisters. “I was here alone, without a male figure. The girls can’t stay at any other place, and I host them,” she says.
Rasha, 41, lives with eight children and two grandchildren in a house in Zarqa, Jordan. Her husband is in Syria. They stayed in a mosque for five days. Then she met a Jordanian man who helped them to find a house and gave them some of his old belongings: a television, a cupboard, a washing machine, and a fridge. Rasha has never forgotten his generosity. Some women are forced to make painful choices. Noor, 42, from Homs who lives in Akkar, Lebanon, could only afford to send one of her two children to school – forcing her to decide between her son and daughter. She chose the girl. “A girl needs her education,” says Noor. “If I had been educated, I’d be able to provide for my family in this situation. A boy can find work in places a girl can’t. To work, she needs to have her education.” Each story is unique but each one moves the compassionate heart of God. (All stories taken from the U.N. website)
The Samaritan woman didn’t know what she really needed, but Jesus gently drew her in to find out. Can we pray that the Lord will offer each one of these women the Living Water which can reach beyond their many needs to the deepest need of all?
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!” Jn 4:13-14, MSG
1. Father, you are concerned for each of these women and so many more like them. Would you provide them assistance and resources from unexpected places? Would you act on their behalf in the high counsels of governments and in the ordinary circumstances of their lives?
2. Dear Father, would you take each of their problems and show them how willing you are to come to their aid?
3. Loving Father, would you cause the answers you give them to tenderly lead them to the One who will never,–no never, no never–leave them or forsake them? Lord, let them come to know you so they can tell others as well.
The woman . . . . told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves. Jn 4:28-30 MSG
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