There is a civil war in Syria known as one of the worst humanitarian disasters this world has ever seen. It has caused millions to flee their homes and seek refuge in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. People who are just trying to live a peaceful life like you and me are experiencing devastation at unheard of magnitudes. We believe they deserve the love and support of the nations. We want to help them find comfort while they mourn, help to bind up the wounds of the broken hearted, care for the orphan and widow, and develop initiatives to support their families with honor. We want to help them find new hope and new life.
Tom and I (Suzanne) have been married for 18 years. We have 3 beautiful and rambunctious boys. And we’ve had the privilege to serve & love communities in the US, Guatemala, Kenya, and Jordan. However, our trip to Jordan last summer was different. God was breaking our hearts for the plight of the refugees in a way we had not felt before. As we came back to Texas and prayed over what God’s next steps for us should be, it became increasingly clear that we should return to the Middle East to live and work among the people there on a more permanent basis.
Our work this summer is to confirm God’s calling to go and love the nations. We are inviting partners to join us this summer as we prepare to serve these refugees. We desire to identify partners who will pray and contribute their portion of our $15,000 goal by June 10.
This summer our family has the opportunity to attend a preeminent multi-week training program to study: 1) how to best serve those in need, 2) be respectful within other’s cultural context, and 3) be good ambassadors for our God and country as we feel drawn towards a long-term move overseas. The process of evaluation, testing team dynamics, and learning from industry leaders will be unmatched.
We also plan to go to Jordan and assist local teams serving refugees while meeting with potential partners developing new ideas. This will allow us to make definite plans for the development work we will be doing once we move. We plan to be in Jordan approx. 15 days analyzing ideas to help serve refugee families.
Our primary request is prayer for our trips. Pray that we will have keen minds to learn, pray for the people we’ll meet and serve, pray for discernment in relationships, and pray for our family’s care and safety while we are travelling.
Additionally, we are looking for people to partner with us in raising $15,000 by June 10th for these trips. Donations will help pay for our preparation training, as well as airfare, food, lodging and expenses in Jordan. We would love for you to partner with us!
Tom and Suzanne Pretti
If you would prefer to mail a check please make it out to Urban Catalyst and mail it to:
9119 Highway 6 set 230 #367
Missouri City, TX 77459