“Hello, it’s me”…..ok, I’m not Adele. Instead of boring you today with the medical aspect of our mission. I wanted to talk about the greatest day…very touching and emotional for me.
Today was kind of slow. I had to leave my lunch to stabilize a diabetic lady who had a sugar level of 316. This is quite high. The ambulance came and she was sent to the hospital after our assessment and our initial medical care.
A pregnant woman, her husband, and 1 year old child came to see me. The lady explained that she was feeling ill. She was nauseous and very fatigued. She was about 9 weeks.
The husband informed me that they sold everything to get here for a better life from Syria. He was emotional and his voice cracked while he was speaking to me. They lived in the corner of the camp which is housed in an old, run down warehouse. The conditions are better here than the other camp at Hara. However, when you have to leave everything behind and sell your possessions to come to this place….well you get the picture.
He said that his family had nothing. They had no fan, no cell phone, no money and they have been in Greece for 3 months. They had NOTHING except a few clothes and that was it. The desperation in his voice was so troubling. His wife was looking straight down towards the floor while he was talking. No eye contact with me.
I asked Anisah to get my wallet. I had $200 and gave it to him. If I had more, I would have given it. The words he said…the expression on his face meant everything to me. He said, “You saved our lives….you saved us today.” He squeezed my hand and nothing more was said….
Writing this piece brings a tears to my eyes. I realize that I have more than most. We all do. Anyone of us could be in a situation where we needed any form of help. Think about it….if your family was forcibly displaced and you had to leave without anything. What would you do?
I have a lot to be thankful for. I have the love my wife and kids. I have wonderful friends like you. Prayers and generosity can go a long way.
Love one another and pay it forward….one penny at a time.
Good Night from Thessaloniki. May God Bless You All!