The whole evening was so interesting, we learned a lot from Omar the older brother, who speaks English very well. He told us some of the harrowing stories of their lives over the past 5 years and we cannot even imagine what their young lives have experienced. Omar has a friend who just recently opened a restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario and was happy to provide the meal for this event.
We picked up Omar and drove to Hamilton to pick up the meal that was being prepared for us. The new restaurant is called "The Tent" in memory of how they had been living in the refugee camps! What an appropriate name for their restaurant! They even have "tent booths" in which to eat your meal.
We met the chef, Mamdoo (not sure if I've spelled that correctly) and piled all the trays of food in the back of our truck and off we went to set it all up at the church.
Once all the guests arrived and the food was placed on the banquet table, we were greeted, seated and ready to enjoy a delicious meal!
We had BBQ chicken served on a delicious bed of rice that had vegetables and raisins, three kinds of pastries stuffed with spinach, beef, and thyme, Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Fattoush Salad, Tabouleh, and Pistachio Baklava - Mmmmmm - it was awesome! The food committee did a great job of serving the meal!
After the meal, Omar and his brother Asem gave us a bit of background of their plight and showed a few pictures of the camps they stayed in. It was all very sobering and we were amazed at how much their young lives had already experienced.
Our prayers are for their brother Ali who remains in Syria, trying to stay alive and out of danger. Our hope is that he too will join his family here in Canada very soon!
|Omar, his wife Nadia, and Osom|