Willow Creek in Za'atari: Part 2

After spending a day with Questscope staff and volunteers, my entire perception of refugees has shifted. I left in awe of the joy, love and consideration I experienced and observed.

I think Western news often asks us to believe that refugees are under-resourced, under-skilled people who are living in hopeless and dark situations. It was beautiful to see the opposite at Questscope. The people I met were passionate teachers, talented artists, and hopeful souls that welcomed me with open arms. 

I remember my favorite moment of the day with tears in my eyes. A beautiful woman taught me how to make beaded keychains in the art caravan. Although we don't share a common language, culture, or religion, she invited me to participate, taught me her craft, and showered me with encouragement. 

It was an honor to spend a day observing and engaging in the work of Questscope. I hope that I never forget it, and I look forward to supporting the important work they are doing. 

Carly Smaha

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Our friends at Willow Creek Community Church visited our Youth Center in Za'atari Camp last spring. Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of their reflections and observations.