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Thu 03 Sep

The Refugee Crisis: They have faces and names too.

Each year millions of people are forced to flee their home in a desperate attempt to escape persecution, war and human rights abuse.   They do not choose to leave their country.  A refugee is forced to flee. 

This is not just about the 4 million registered Syrian refugees. 

It is also about the 7 million Internally Displaced People in Syria.

It is about neighbouring countries, communities, and families hosting refugees. 

It is about doing what we can to help humanity.  

Mainstream news informs of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.  I am sharing about people. 

I implore you to leave race, ethnicity and religion aside and remember that each person has a name.

They are little girls, boys, teenagers, mothers, fathers, and grandparents not unlike our own.  Each refugee featured in the news has a name.  Each person has a face.  Each person is loved by someone.  These people are our global neighbours. 

With every statistic mentioned there is a tendency to begin disassociating the humanity from the suffering these people are enduring.  This leaves us increasingly desensitized from the truth, easier to go about our day without thinking twice about the growing numbers.  Leaving them in a worsening state.

Let's remember what Jesus called us to do.  How are we caring for our global neighbours?  Perhaps the question is not what are we doing but what can we do?  Don’t think too long – don’t allow “analysis paralysis” to set in.  What is your skillset?  What capacities do you have?  What capacities or resources do you, your Home Church, and friends have to collectively and effectively impact for good those who are struggling to survive? 

Have you considered prayer?  I’m talking about an earnest prayer that humbly brings you to your knees as God reveals His heart for all people to you.  As He reminds us what it means to live in peace and love, regardless of our differences. 

Many of us are familiar with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  A man is robbed, wounded, and left to die on the side of the road.  Many people pass by, as far from the man as possible.  One person, the least likely of them all, had compassion.  He provided a safe place for the man to stay and rest, and arranged for food and care.  

“So which of these three do you think was a neighbour to him who feel among the thieves?”  And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37, NJK)

As Europe tries to decide how to respond to the rising number of refugees (people fleeing their home on well-founded fear of persecution, unable to return) the Canadian government is committed to sponsoring refugees.   Should you feel called to reach out in peace to our neighbours, in addition to The Meeting House’s current compassion goals, please contact me.  I can help connect you with others in your community who have sponsored refugee families, who want to sponsor a family but need a community of support to help them in this process, and with our partners as they continue to work in their home communities, refugee camps and here.

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