Faith Community Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, raised more than $2,000 — twice the goal of $1,000 — through welcoming the community Feb. 23 to a Soup for Syria event. The event featured more than 25 Crock-Pots of soup and included an update from Rob Morgan on the Syrian refugee crisis as well as multiple videos from Impact Middle East that explained the work of the Free Methodist Church in Jordan to assist with the refugees.
Newly appointed Senior Pastor Blake Wood joined from Seattle, Washington, on a Beam robot that he was able to drive around the event while sharing his heart and the work he has done with Pastor Rami in Jordan.
The goal for the night was to raise $1,000 to purchase 50 welcome packets that Pastor Rami and his church use to provide for the refugees. The welcome packets include food, blankets, bedding, camp stoves, fans and other basic necessities. Rami and his team deliver these packets to refugees and use that as an opening to begin a relationship with their new neighbors.
By the end of the night, the church and community contributed over twice their original goal and will provide Rami and Impact Middle East with the funds to purchase more than 100 welcome packets for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan.