Fawzy and Linda Attia - May 2017
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.Â John 11:2
It was three days before Palm Sunday and we were a small team visiting our kid's clubs that week. We first visited our mountain village on a Thursday morning. On Friday, we visited our desert village. We only had teaching English songs for our lesson plan when I grabbed the 12 plastic Easter eggs from my supply closet at the last minute. What transpired over the next 48 hours was simply pure joy.
As we drove up to the first village, I was praying about what I would use to fill the empty eggs in order to tell the story of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection. I had a sample perfume bottle to put in the first egg, leaves became palm branches; 3 silver coins represented the 30 pieces of silver Judas was paid to betray the Lord, a string became a whip, thorns and nails were easily found and of course-a rock to represent the stone over the tomb.
On Thursday we told the story three times. Fawzy translated for me and every time a new egg appeared, the children waited to see what was inside. Never before had they heard the story. The first two classes paid attention, but it was the third, and by far the most crowded class, which was glued to the story. There were about 40 children in the room from the age of 6-10.
On Friday we went to the desert village. Many of these children have parents who are new believers. This Friday meeting was like Sunday school for them. There were about 30 kids that day. Sometimes there are over 70. We played soccer, sang songs and told the story. After that, we went to visit Mishal; one of the village children who had undergone hip surgery. He had been bed bound for months and needed some cheer. We began to tell the story again. His father and 3 siblings also listened. We praise the Lord that we are able to plant the seeds of God's Word in the hearts of children who have never heard! Thank you for your part in this labor!
Fawzy shares with a young man we met in the Jordan Valley. He had so many questions about Jesus. As Fawzy shared he listened carefully without the usual objections we receive. We left several books with him including a Bible. We also have a mutual friend. We will be able to see him again.
Linda poses for a picture with her friend Abeer and her family. They are refugees from Dera, Syria. Abeer is a trained hairdresser, but she is one of the more educated ladies in the community. She is one of the teachers for our kid's club. Her husband is unable to work due to injuries from being imprisoned by Bashar Al Assad.
We are in the United States for a brief home assignment. Some of it is for time at Pioneers offices in Orlando and some is dedicated towards family and friends. Thank you very much for your part in telling the good news to so many in Jordan!
Fawzy and Linda