The Landstuhl, Germany trip now officially over, I have found myself over to Larnaca, Cyprus for more familiar faces and new tasks to complete.
The Cyprus trip, which goes from July 1st to July 21st, is focused on reaching out to the youth and refugees in the small island in the Eastern Mediterranean.
With the small team of three assembled in Larnaca, we now look to planning a Holiday Club (VBS) for the children in the area and running English lessons for refugee children.
If you do not know, Cyprus is a very rich and diverse land quiet close to Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and other war-torn countries. Because of this, Cyprus receives a lot of refugees who have fled the violence for war, religious, or other related reasons. Cyprus itself is a very peaceful place. Crime and violence are very low here, and most of what crime there is comes from the tourists. The northern part of Cyprus is illegally controlled by Turkey; a very lawless and tragic place. But for the most part, Cyprus is a very calm and beautiful island full of people who are looking for hope.
The main language spoken here is Greek, but many of the refugees also seek to learn English, as it is their hope to someday make it to America or Canada to have a new life; one filled with peace and safety.
So, this week, the Cyprus team is running an English class for refugee children. We are doing it parallel to an adult English class that is being run by Oasis, which is the group in Cyprus which seeks to help the refugees as well. Our main task is to both babysit for the children’s parents, but also seek to equip them with some basic English to someday transition into an English speaking country.
The team completed our first day of the English lessons. It was a small group do to the day being very hot, but more children are expected to come tomorrow. So far, we have had children from Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and more just within our small group.
The team will also be preparing for the Holiday Club and figuring out some of our other tasks throughout our first week here.
- Pray that we would be able to run our English lessons well.
- Pray that we would be able to work with these refugees in a respectful and humble manner, as well as aiding them in any way we can.
- Pray that we would prepare for the Holiday Club, as it is our main task of the trip.
- Pray that we would all adjust to the heat, as it has taken its toll on the team already.
“O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!”