They day we met Susanna and Ibraham, he threw his arms up to praise God and said that we were gifts from God sent to his family. But in reality, we thank God for sending this family to us. Never have we heard them complain about anything in their lives. At the end of the day when we go home, we realize that all of our petty problems are meaningless and that we should be grateful for everything we have.
A few weeks ago Ibraham and Susanna asked us if we would take them to church. So we met up with them on Sunday and all went to church together. It was really a beautiful experience to sit with this family in church. Susanna, although deaf and mute, knew she was in a place of worship the moment she walked in the door and even sat down and bowed her head in prayer. She sat reverently during the service, had a smile on her face, and gracefully dealt with the many families that tried to communicate with her after. What was really interesting and amazing is that even though this family lacked food, clothing, education, medical care, and opportunities most of their lives, they still have so much hope and know that God is there and has blessed them. Susanna lost her hearing at the age of 7 due to illness and lack of medical attention. Ibraham has had to deal with the stress of not being able to provide or protect his family from extreme hardship. As a family in a refugee camp they were given only one shirt and one pair of pants each (with no concern over size or gender) and were forced to survive on tiny rations of food that in no way satisfy their nutritional needs. Despite all of this, they recognized pictures of Christ, knew who he was, and their testimonies of him and his love for them are strong and unwavering. Though lost and forgotten by the world, they knew that they would never be lost to God.