Story

A Christian Journey

Gharam is a name that means passionate love. Her journey traverses landscapes of both physical displacement and inner turmoil, each step marked by the weight of separation and the scars of conflict. Born into the chaos of war-torn Syria, Gharam’s childhood was eclipsed by the shadows of violence and uncertainty. Amidst the wreckage of her homeland, she learned to survive on her own. Her innocence was tainted by the harsh realities of conflict.

Crossing the border into Lebanon with her family, Gharam’s journey continued into unfamiliar territory, where the challenges of displacement seemed insurmountable. The refugee camp they settled in offered little break from the trauma they left behind, with cramped quarters resembling dungeons rather than homes, and the constant struggle to secure even the most basic necessities of life.

Amidst the desolation, a glimmer of hope emerged. Introduced to the Heart for Lebanon and Biblical lessons at Hope Evangelical Church, Gharam found solace in the embrace of faith. Through the prayers of a compassionate relative, she began to explore the redemptive power of Christ’s work, seeking refuge in the promises of salvation and renewal.

Though societal norms imposed barriers and restrictions, Gharam defied expectations with unwavering courage and determination. “Rather than succumbing to despair, I decided to embrace my newfound faith in Christ and decided not to be ashamed of it,” Gharam said. She wanted to learn it deeply, share it widely, and live it wholeheartedly.

Inspired by the story of the adulterous woman saved by Jesus’ compassion, Gharam found echoes of her struggles in the pages of scripture. Through prayer, she experienced a profound shift in perspective, transcending the bitterness of anger and despair to embrace a sense of peace in knowing that she is forgiven.

Despite the past and the hardships she faced, through God’s word working in her life, she emerged from the pot of conflict with the Holy Spirit living within her, giving her purpose and a steadfast commitment to sharing her testimony of hope with others.