Johnson University graduate Matt Nance and his wife Susan remain committed to their work in Jordan despite talks of evacuation. They talked candidly with Knoxville’s NBC affiliate station about the people affected by the violence in Syria.
For the past year the couple has been living in Jordan and serving Syrian refugees crossing the border into Jordan. While at Johnson, Matt worked with several Knoxville area nonprofit organizations and is now using his education and experience to help people fleeing the violence in Syria.
“Typically in the afternoons and late into the evenings we visit refugees wherever they are living and take them basic necessities like food and blankets. Visits take about an hour. We sit on the floor, drink tea with the families, and talk. We learn about individual needs like medical care, medicine, sleeping mats, a hotplate, etc. The next morning I try to take care of those things, but the need for our help exceeds our capacity,” says Matt describing a typical day in Jordan.
This summer Dr. Daniel Overdorf, dean of the School of Congregational Ministry at Johnson University, visited Matt and Susan in Jordan. Commenting on his visit, Dr. Overdorf shared, “There are occasions when the right people are in just the right places at just the right times. I had that sense when I visited Matt and Susan Nance in Jordan this summer. As they serve alongside Jordanian Christians and provide Syrian refugees with much needed supplies—and, just as importantly, provide much needed friendship—I have no doubt God has them in Jordan for such a time as this.”
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