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Hi everyone. Today we met up with the rest of the team who arrived early early this morning. After a little time of coordinating, we were met by a Muslim sheikh and a pastor from a local Orthdox church. They took us to a refugee camp near the Syrian border. In my mind I wasn't sure what to expect. There was some rain early in the day and we were told the place would be a mess with mud. We were also told not to get out of the car. When we arrived, we drove through looking for some delivered goods, (temporary housing, vitamins...) to see how they were being put to use. To get some perspective, when the goods were delivered, there were about 45,000 refugees living here, back in December of 2012. Now there are close to 175,000 living there with more being added daily. So, we drove for a while, without being able to find what we were looking for. A lot of the landscape had changed over a few months. The majority of the population are kids from all ages. Seeing the large number of people, it was hard to fathom in my heart, just what was going on here. Many have left Syria because their houses have been destroyed in the civil war. It seemed there was an air of depression going on, but it seemed hopeful to see kids playing as kids. The people get food, fresh water, and a make-shift roof over their heads. Sadly however, there's a lot of abuse going on against women and children there. The Jordanian government does what they can to help, but with the ballooning population, night-time becomes a hard time with the darkness. After the camp, went to another group. They had left the camp because of how hard it was and were living in tents on their own. It's harder for people like this because they are without any support, either from the UN or the Jordan jurisdiction. Any food/help they get is through donations. Here we were able to get out of the car, and we were invited into their tent. They began to tell us their story (much of which I didn't understand since it was in Arabic) and I thought it was cool how everyone sat in a circle. In this culture, story-time/news sharing is huge. It's very face to face and highly valued. Then John Ditty, he gave out some candy to give to all the kids. Even the adults had some. I loved their hospitality and seemingly large smiles.

All this to say, it really brought to the forefront how real the situation in Syria is. It's effecting real people and it seems like it will go into the next generation. I'm not sure what things will look like, but it seemed like there was just a large sense of uncertainty. My hope and prayer as that hope can be birthed into these people. And if I can help, I'm willing!