Dear friends and family,
Tim and I are headed on another adventure this summer! As many of you already know, we will be working in Greece at a refugee camp for four weeks as the main portion of a trip to Europe. We also plan to visit Iceland, Prague, Italy, and Spain before and after our time at the refugee camp.
We wanted to address some questions we’ve gotten while sharing about our trip so that those that are closest to us (you!) can help support us!
Where will you be? With what organization will you be working?
We will be working at a refugee camp in the northwest of Greece, near a town called Kyllini and we will be working with an organization called The Schoolbox Project. This is a worldwide organization that provides trauma-sensitive education and art therapy to children and adults who are displaced. They are stationed in Greece and Bangladesh, and have provided education for those affected by the wildfires and flooding in California and Texas this past year.
Who will you be serving?
We will be working mainly with Syrians. Our duties will include teaching, playing with the students, organizing movie nights, and providing structured activities to combat the boredom and frustration that exists in refugee camps.
Why work in a refugee camp?
We have a lot of reasons for the thought behind this. I have been heartbroken over the refugee crisis for the last three years and have struggled with finding what to do about it. I have felt really helpless about an enormous global issue, and we have the skills to teach English. In some small way, this is a way for us to help and to take an active and productive role in aiding the refugee crisis. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot, but it’s something.
In addition to that, Tim and I both work with refugees either in our schools or through volunteer work. By working at a refugee camp, we will have a better understanding about part of their journeys to the United States.
The most prominent reason is because our goal in our marriage is to reflect the love of Christ. We believe that by serving the least of these, the stranger in a foreign land, the widow and the orphans, we are reflecting the light of Christ to those we are serving, but also to those who see what we are doing.
What can we be praying about in regards to your trip?
Please pray that we can find way to handle what we will see in the camp. We both were required to complete training related to serving traumatized individuals and there were times where we both became very emotional. The reality is that this is going to be hard, and we need strength – physically, emotionally, and mentally.
What’s the best way to stay in contact with you?
We will have some access to cell phone service, but we will mostly be using WhatsApp Messenger to communicate with family and friends. We will also be able to check email while we are in Europe, so if you want to check in on us, feel free to send us emails at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can we get updates on your work?
I will be resurrecting the blog address that we used while we were in China two years ago, so please be checking that. My goal is to write a blog post once a week during our summer, so it will be a mix of refugee camp and vacation updates, but I’m hoping to include pictures as well! As always, you can always check my instagram to view all our meals…and the landscapes that we will be taking in.
Thank you for supporting us and praying for us!
Love, Tim and Sarah Harro