There are at least 3 types of settlements in this country for people who have been displaced; Government, NGO and independent communities that are centered around a few key individuals or families. The center we are visiting works closely with one of these settlements. Today, we drove about 1.5 hours and then came to a field, with a home that was surrounded by tents that were built out of plastic tarps. As soon as we arrived, our team had the joy of leading a short children's program. Afterwards, the village leader shared with us about the history and needs of their settlement.
We spent time visiting with the families in the open area and a few of us were invited to their homes. They were husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, with dear children they deeply love and enjoy. On one hand, they normalized our experience with them because they are people just like us. On the other hand, we were overwhelmed with their reality and needs. When it was time to say good bye, we were sad.
At the very same time, though, we were hopeful and joyful that the people at the center where we are visiting have taken such a committed interest in this small settlement and are helping them with basic needs. Our team had the happy opportunity of providing mattresses, blankets and a large quantity of food for them.
We also realize that the people we have met this week are dearly loved by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We entrust them to Him Who loves each one more than we can imagine!