Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

Originally posted on Facebook by current MESP student Josh Cayetano:

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At first glance, there’s nothing special about this photo. Nothing stands out. There’s no glitz, no glam. But this photo is everything.

When I heard the news of the ban on refugees, I was in church with many from Iraq. And before I continue, let me share some facts about them I’ve learned since I met them:

1. They’re better than me at pool. One said in terrible English, “You play billiard as good I speak English.”

2. They love Jesus. In fact, for many, it’s the only thing they carried with them from Iraq. Many go to church every day, because they have nowhere else to go.

3. They are beyond generous. I learned refugees get $14 a month. And still they insist on giving.

4. They are resilient. I interviewed 15 Iraqis in 2 hours and every one of them was determined to learn and adapt.

5. I love them. I had never met any of them before today. But I love them.

6. They don’t want to go to America. They say Canadians and Australians are friendlier.

Shame on us. Shame on our government. Shame on the Levite who lifts his skirt and crosses to the other side. Shame on me for my apathy and shared guilt. Blessings on the Samaritan, Jordan, who has taken in more than her fair share. Blessings on those speaking up. Blessings on the peacemakers. Blessing on my brothers and sisters who have fled, may you run straight into the arms of our Father.