Today’s story begins in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. In biblical times, a valley with a similar name meant “sorrow” or “tears” as pilgrims made their way to Jerusalem. Bekaa Valley today takes on the meaning of loss as it hosts over a million Syrian refugees. Over 400,000 of them are children who have had their education and futures snatched away.
According to the latest UN report, worldwide, 1.4 million refugees were in urgent need of resettlement last year. More than half of the world’s refugees are children, and 52 percent of them lack access to education.
Rawan Hadad says Tent Schools International began its Schools That Heal program to meet these pressing needs. The term “‘Schools That Heal’ means creating a healthy spiritual atmosphere that [is] emotionally healing, next to education,” Hadad explains.
Tents become schools, laptops become windows to learning, and teachers become the hands and feet of Christ as they reach these traumatized kids.
“It’s healing for the pain, confusion, and the loss of family and friends; healing for the sense of hopelessness, and even thoughts of suicide among young people.”
Hope blooms within canvas walls
As explained here, Tent Schools comes alongside Christian leaders in refugee camps and other transitional areas to establish an educational opportunity for children fleeing war, persecution and natural disaster.
According to this 2019 report, the Middle East and North Africa hold 23 percent of the world’s refugees and displaced people. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey host nearly six million Syrian refugees.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray refugee families will encounter the Gospel message and become believers.
- Pray wisdom, discernment, and strength for Tent Schools’ in-country staff.
- Pray for mercy and an end to the global refugee crisis.