Help Syrian Refugees
I’m departing from my usual Fair Trade topic today for a quick post on how you can aid some of the most helpless in our world right now.
There’s been so much said back and forth about the Syrian refugees, I’m not going to add much to that conversation right now. All I know is that we cannot give in to fear, period. We cannot value our safety so highly that we’re willing to sacrifice our compassion. I’m not writing this to start a debate, but for those who are looking for ways they can help, here are a couple of links I’ve come across this week:
World Vision not only has a way to give monetarily to help refugees from Syria right now, you can also set up your own fundraiser. Here are some quick facts on the crisis from their site:
- 12 million Syrians have fled their homes because of conflict; half are children.
- 4 million Syrians are refugees; most are in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
- Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
- More than 700,000 Syrian refugees and other migrants risked their lives this year to travel to Europe.
– See more at worldvision.org
As they say, winter is almost here, and therefore the increased urgency to give aid. Read more on their site to find out what risks they are facing, their greatest needs, and most importantly, how you can pray for them.
HELPING AT HOME
There are refugees coming to our cities and states (whether our governors like it or not), and some are already here. I don’t have information on every state, but this organization was brought to my attention this week: Refugee Services of Texas. They have locations in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. You can donate money or items (they detail some of the items they are in need of here), or you can volunteer your time in a variety of areas, including building a Welcome Team with your church or community.
For those of you outside of Texas, I encourage you to do a little searching and see if you have similar organizations in your states. If you know of any, please share in the comments!
For now, I will leave you with this:
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”