It is a nice and cool day today in Lebanon. Right now I am sitting under the shade tree listening to the sounds of excited children playing soccer and laughter. It is a beautiful and joyous sound.
Yesterday we took the boys to the river up in the mountains. The water is freezing since the snow up the mountains melt and feed the river. Taking the boys there seems like such a simple thing to do. But it's so much more than that. This is the only time all year they get to come here. In this place the boys get to be boys. They get to forget their worries and what they have been through in such a short amount of time. They laugh and splash, jump off the cliff and teach the younger boys to swim. It was very life giving to watch the boys play. Without the funds raised to support this trip and these boys at DeA that wouldn't have been possible. Calvary paid for the bus to get the kids there and the entrance fee.
Earlier this week we handed out the shoes that Calvary members provided the kids. When we went to the boys units at night to visit, they were eager to show us their new shoes and the picture of those who 'sponsored' them. They would show us the picture and ask if we knew who gave them their new shoes. I find it so meaningful that the kids don't just care about receiving a gift. They really want to know the people that gave these gifts.
Tonight we head out to the Beqaa to visit with family of a DeA staff member. We have the opportunity to see how some of the refugees live. They have fled their homes in Syria and have seeked refuge here in Lebanon.