It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I watch the events unfolding in Afghanistan. I’m sure many of you feel the same. While the situations are arguably very different, I can’t help but draw a few parallels between what the people are facing there and the experience of a good friend of mine, Ramy Romany while fleeing Egypt with his family during the 2011 Revolution.
As a Christian Egyptian married to a white woman, Ramy was automatically considered an infidel by the Muslim Brotherhood who were rising up to take control of Egypt. Ramy and his family were lucky enough to make it to the United States unharmed.
Years later, my friend, Nick Nanton, who directed the documentary I co-produced for Folds of Honor, sat down and interviewed Ramy. His story was riveting, and reminded me that we all must have hope.
Although, the stories you have to tell do not hopefully involve as much drama, you do have stories, as do your borrowers. Think about how you can share those stories, because people do watch, do listen and do remember stories.
I am sharing the link to Ramy's story, so that if you too are feeling bleak and helpless to the plight of these people from around the world currently trapped in Afghanistan, you might also remember to have hope. Hope is the only thing that can get us through the darkest times.
"Ramy Romany: Out of Egypt is currently available at no cost on Nick Nanton's YouTube Channel.
You can watch the episode by clicking HERE.
Think about how you can share stories of your borrowers. Think about how you can share how they were able to overcome challenges in getting their home, the joy in finally reaching a dream, the hope that they had to be able to get into their home. All those stories that you delight in should be shared to give others hope.
Videos tell stories. Videos give hope.
My continued prayers are being sent to Afghanistan.