You Raise My Head

4 Oct

On this date eight years ago I first met Issa, Tamer, Tamara, Ranim and Mary in the schoolyard in Beit Jala. I had gone to the Bethlehem-area school to meet their families to give them my assurance that we would take care of their children. I thanked the five sets of parents for trusting me with their 8th graders, the youngest of them just 12 years old.

The Palestinian Christian children left their homes in the West Bank, came to Milford, stayed for just six weeks, and changed my life forever. They are all now back home, in their fourth year of college. I am as proud as any grandparent could ever be.

Happy anniversary, kids. I wish that I could say it to you in Arabic, but this is the best that I can do …. You raise my head!

2 Responses to “You Raise My Head”

  1. Issa October 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I can’t believe that it has been eight years,
    thank you Father Rob for giving us this life changing experience
    and I want to tell you “enta rafaaet rasna” , you raised our head 🙂


    • Lisa October 6, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      I also can’t believe it has been 8 years! It was a wonderful experience for our family, one that will never be forgotten! I am so glad your parents were brave enough to send you to spend time with us.

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