After Haiti’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, God put a heavy burden on Scott and his family's hearts. The precious people there were hurting, and Scott was determined to help in some way. When Scott’s church took a trip to Haiti soon after the earthquake, Scott was struck with compassion for the children he met there. A few years later these same children became a part of our Haiti Rev Home.
After meeting many of the children in 2010, Scott decided that his family should sponsor a child. They started sponsoring Jovenel, and it was like he instantly became a part of their family in Alabama. In 2012, Scott’s whole family went to meet Jovenel for the first time, and they fell in love with him even more. Every year since, Scott’s wife Lindsey makes sure to visit him every summer for his birthday, and the whole Middleton family visits him every year for Christmas.
Scott, of course, loves traveling to Haiti to visit Jovenel, but he also has been to Jordan two times to partner with what God is doing among refugees. The first time he went in 2018, he was a little overwhelmed by the major influx of refugees in the Middle East. He also felt humbled and overwhelmed with love for them. He returned to Jordan again this year to care for more refugees.
When Scott isn’t traveling or visiting Jovenel, one of his passions is cycling. He’s been cycling for 10 years and sets up rides with his friends often. Last year, he had a great idea to combine his two passions: raising money for the Rev Home and the refugee crisis while he cycles. He set a goal to cycle in every county in Alabama and fundraise while doing so. Although he has had a few setbacks, and continuing his journey longer than expected, he’s still motivated to reach his goal.
“There are people in Haiti and Jordan that don’t have options that I do,” Scott said. “In Haiti, there is so much poverty and not many opportunities. If I can raise money to help provide education...I know they’ll begin to have more opportunities in the future.”
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Note: This is an update on Sahar's original story from 2017 found here.
Sahar* has faced unthinkable challenges in the 6 years since 2014. She had to flee her home city and say goodbye to family members for what she thought could be forever. Three years ago, her sister Nawal* moved over two thousand miles away to begin a new life in England. Her parents moved to the United States. Meanwhile, Sahar, her husband, and their young son had to stay behind as they were not yet approved to emigrate from Jordan.
Her son had experienced trauma and medical problems that caused early learning difficulties. One of our team members was able to raise funds for a surgery he needed and monthly medications he was taking to help prevent seizures. Through a very close friend of one of our Jordan team members, he was able to receive one-on-one tutoring and saw tremendous progress! He is now in good health and able to speak, remember, and attend regular classes in school.
A few months ago, Sahar's family received wonderful news! They have been approved to move to a nation in Europe. Soon, Sahar will live hundreds, and not thousands of miles from her sister and her family. Their children will be able to see their cousins again in the very near future! We rejoice with Sahar's family and keep them in our prayers as they embark on an exciting new season of life.
*Names changed for protection.
Nawal* and Sahar* are sisters from Homs, Syria. While both were pregnant with their first children, they had to flee because of a 4-year siege of...
Note: This post is from our archive. A 2021 update to Sahar's story can be found here.
Nawal* and Sahar* are sisters from Homs, Syria. While both were pregnant with their first children, they had to flee because of a 4-year siege of their home city. They arrived in Jordan with their husbands and their parents. Soon after their arrival both Nawal and Sahar gave birth to their first children, two boys. Recently Sahar had her second child, a beautiful little girl. Their husbands have done everything in their power to provide for the families. They have sold light bulbs on the street, helped install satellite dishes and many other jobs. Sometimes they worked for over a month and the employer did not pay them. They could do nothing about it because refugees have no legal rights for employment.
In 2016, Nawal and Sahar’s parents immigrated to Chicago. They were so excited that their mom and dad could start a new life in America, but greatly saddened to see their familiy unit torn apart. In Syria their families had all lived near one another. In early September, Nawal received a call from the United Nations telling her that she, her husband and 4-year-old son were eligible to move to Scotland. While this was wonderful news, it was so difficult for her to say “yes” because it meant leaving Sahar behind. Sahar is the only one left in her family. While Sahar was so happy for her sister, there was also great sadness. Would she ever see her sister again? Her son, who has epilepsy, had always been best friends with his cousin. Would they ever see each other again?
On Wednesday night, January 17, both families crammed into a van filled with six large pieces of luggage to go the airport in Amman, Jordan. The ride to the airport was quite silent. When it was time to say goodbye Sahar would not let go of Nawal. She couldn’t bear the thought of her sister leaving her, not knowing what the future would hold. There were tears of joy, but also tears of sadness. Nawal begged our Global Partners staff not to forget Sahar. Her last words to our staff was, “please help the refugees. Our lives are too difficult. Please help them just like you have helped me”.
Today Nawal and her family are in Scotland starting a new season of life. Sahar, her husband and two children are sitting in a cold apartment wondering what their future holds. Will they ever receive a call from the UN? If so, will they go to the UK or US to be near family or will another country accept them?
This story could be told thousands of times over for refugees all over the world. We are so thankful that for the past 15 years Global Partners has been in Jordan living life with refugees like Nawal and Sahar.
*Names changed for protection.
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