As the days go by and political debates continue about the refugee crisis in our world, it is easy to get lost in all the jargon. For most of us, we are not the players or decision makers about what our country will or won’t do in regard to refugees. But what can we do? I would like to submit a couple very simple things that you can do to engage with what is going on.
1. Pray. Pray for the families that are directly impacted by what is happening. The millions of refugee families, the families who lost loved ones in the attack, the families that will be persecuted and displaced in the weeks to come. Pray for our leaders, that they would have wisdom and compassion as they consider what to do.
2. Give there. One very simple response is to give aid to organizations that are working on the front lines with these refugee families to help provide care and aid. Project 658 has a partnership with Samaritans Purse. Any money given to our Give There Help Here campaign will go directly to Samaritans Purse and the refugee relief efforts. There are millions of people going through extreme trauma, and you can give to help them find safety and hope.
3. Help here. The crisis is not only in Syria and Europe. The crisis exists in our own city. We encourage you to come and get engaged with the thousands of refugees that live in our city. Come connect to this work through Project 658 or other local refugee agencies. One of the most valuable assets you can give is your time. So take a step to help here.
In the days to come, we will be posting the Path of a Refugee to help all of us better understand what has happened in Syria and beyond to create this crisis and how we can get involved.
Click here to be directed to the Give There Help Here page. Join the cause to care for those in great need.