We had the chance to walk right up the the gates of the camp. You might be surprised (like we were) to find out that this building (above) is part of the camp. Originally this was an army barracks, but now it's housing for refugees. It looks nice on the outside, but it is very sparse inside and sometimes up to 15 refugees share a room. At the height of the refugee crisis, 5,000 people lived on these grounds, many in tents. Today, there are only about 800 refugees in residence and no one has to sleep in a tent, which is great because it is super cold outside.
Just around the corner from the camp, refugees can find the Oasis, a Christian center offering weekly activities and services. The missionaries at the Oasis offer German classes, host coffee houses, give away clothing, provide craft projects for women and children, and share the hope of Jesus with everyone who visits.
While we were there, we had the chance to learn about and pray for the ministry and to help staff move donations into an all purpose room for sorting.