On October 9, 2007 I read the message, wrote him back, and he wrote me back within an hour. It was during Ramadan so he was up despite the seven hour time difference. I remember wondering if he were legit. What are the odds that some Muslim Arab guy in Syria would write me? Was he one of those internet weirdos they warn you about on the news?
Maybe so, but we became fast friends. Family really. And I'm thankful for three times we've met in real life. Once in Syria (where we met his mom, brothers and sister, and friends) and twice now in Germany.
I'm thankful to God for what he has taught me - and where He has taken me - through knowing Samer!
|Eagle's Nest - August 2012|