A staff member with the American Family Association is on site with an ongoing effort in the Golan Heights to help Syrian war victims.
Friend Ships, a ministry dedicated to fulfilling the biblical teaching to help people in times of need, has established a medical field clinic and humanitarian base on the border between Israel and Syria to care for the Syrian war victims.
The Syrian side of Camp Ichay (below) is located in the demilitarized zone of Golan Heights in South Syria. Many of the people there have moved to the area for safety, having been driven from their homes.
"They do not have access to any medical care whatsoever if it were not for this camp," says Anne Reed, an AFA Journal staff writer who made the trip with Friend Ships. "They're serving their basic medical needs in this medical clinic at the camp."
Reed adds the people in the camp speak Arabic, so there is a language barrier. "The communication is kind of with body language and your eyes, things like that," she explains.
Regardless, she says it's amazing to see the Syrian people come in with their children and observe their sense of gratefulness.
"The children are often just very poor and not dressed properly," she describes. "They're served hot chocolate and popcorn and they have playground equipment in the camp – and so just to see them come in with their big smiles is great, and everyone is very warm and friendly."
"If someone wants to do a short-term or long-term mission trip, you don't have to be medical personnel to go and help," Reed continues. "Monetary donations are of course always helpful."
She stresses that individuals interested in short-term or long-term mission work don't have to have medical experience to help at Camp Ichay. And in terms of safety, she says very stringent security is in place, not unlike what passengers may go through when catching a flight at a U.S. airport.
Editor's Note: The AFA Journal is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.