By Alice Seeley
Published On May 17, 2021
Fourteen years ago, Pastor Zaki opened the only church in the Gardens area of Amman; The Nazarene Church. In 2015, God placed another desire in his heart.
A man came to see Pastor Zaki saying, “I want to give you money for the refugees.” Zaki replied, “There are no refugees here,” and sent him away. Later that day, Zaki was reading his Bible and God convicted him through these words from Leviticus: “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.
The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself.”
Suddenly, his eyes were opened to the plight of the refugees in Jordan. Pastor Zaki felt compelled to relieve the suffering of Iraqi Christian refugees. He immediately took action.
“We had a vision to start something here,” says Zaki. “We rented a house; we opened our doors and we started inviting Iraqis.”
In Jordan, there has been an increased need for therapy. These refugees’ wounds are rooted in the past and continue to cause physical, emotional, and mental distress. Zaki decided to work in a practical way to help these refugees. “As the Body of Christ, we are Ambassadors to show His love for others. This is the beauty of the Body of Christ – we work together for His glory,” Pastor Zaki said.
With American FRRME’s support, Zaki opened a center for 300 refugee families. These families fled from the invasion of ISIS in Iraq. This center offers therapeutic activities, education classes including English, sewing, and music. The center also distributes food relief to the families. These refugees now have a safe place to work through their pain and connect with others.
This is only made possible through your donations! Please donate today to help provide therapy and other necessary services to the refugee community in Jordan.
American FRRME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.