You can Make a difference
Even though the refugee crisis is staggering, you can help in 5 minutes for less than $2.
The song below has images and lyrics that summarize the current refugee crisis, and it’s connected to a gofundme page – so when you pay $1.99 to download it, the money goes to some of the world’s biggest refugee-oriented groups, includingRefugees International, Human Rights First and theInternational Rescue Committee.
If you want to read an interview with the song creators, check out this article from NPR.
Hope is a gift
After 18 years in camps, survivors point to Hope as their survival life-line. Much like survivors of the US Internment Camps or the European Concentration Camps of the 1940s, modern immigrants who have survived years in refugee camps want to talk about hope.
When you do not have a bed, or a light, or a toilet, or a pencil… when you live in a place without streets, or walls… when you do not want to remember your past and you have no idea what the future might hold… that is when survivors choose whether or not to cling to hope.
Prophets to the Refugees
The Israelites were refugees in the Old Testament. Babylon conquered their land, enslaved and killed the people. They were not allowed to return for 70 years. During that time, the Prophets shared God’s message of Hope with the people:
- Isaiah promised a messiah that would bring peace (Is. 9:7)
- Jeremiah promised a peaceful future (Jer. 29:11)
- Daniel promised a kingdom that would stand forever (Dan. 2:4)
- Micah promised an end to fear (Mic. 4:4)
- Zephaniah promised God would give love, joy, and gladness to the people (Zeph. 3:17)
- Malachi promised that God heard their cries (Mal. 3:16)
The people of God repeated these promises to one another throughout generations of suffering. We have now an even greater promise of hope to share with all refugees – and all people everywhere:
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, or sorrow, or crying. There shall be no more pain, for the old things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Someday, all of the pain of this earth will pass away. Until that time, we can share the good news, provide for the needs of refugees, and welcome them to a safer home.