I had a long conversation with three young Syrian men sitting outside a tent in the Keleti train station, with train tickets in hand for a late night departure to Austria. They are college educated, fluent in English. They risked life and limb in an inflated raft crossing from Turkey to a Greek island where there was one immigration window and officer facing thousands of distressed and exhausted, but hope-filled refugees. These three well-educated young men got through the narrow entry point and on to a cruise ship that the economically-strapped Greek government deployed to take refugees to the Greek mainland. From there these young men caught buses and trains into Hungary. “There is no future in Syria,” they lamented. I was deeply touched by the hope that animated their quest to find a new life. I offered them some U. S. cash, but they turned it down: “Give it to people who need it more than we do.” I told them I would pray for them. They did accept that offer. I gave them my email address and asked them to contact me when they reached a better place. They eagerly took that, too. I have been praying for them every day, asking that Jesus, who Himself was a refugee escaping a tyrannical dictator, would graciously open doors for my new friends.The Bible Institute will be deploying all 80 students and all their staff to a Friday and Saturday outreach among the refugees. They will do this every weekend. I was immensely blessed by my time with these young people, coming from 18 countries. They are bright, full of life and love, deeply committed to Christ and to ministry for Christ in the world. I was their featured Bible teacher, but I think I got more than I gave. _________________________________________________________________________ Reverend Tom Theriault is the Associate Pastor, Outreach, at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Please note that the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of everyone associated with G92 or any institutions with which the blogger may be affiliated.