We’ve known for years. At least people in ministry have known for years. Until recently it seems to have evaded the attention of the press and general public. There’s a crisis of unspeakable proportions going on around the world: homelessness and hunger, families being torn apart and children starving. It wasn’t until the numbers started to read like World War II Holocaust figures that people sat up and began to take notice… and then it was mostly talk about “Syrian Refugees” and then a debate over national security.
Meanwhile people are being torn away from their homes, their incomes, and their sources of food.
The vast majority of refugees in the world aren’t Syrians. Most are from Africa or the Far East, and more than a few from South America. And yes, the Syrians need our help too.
I believe with all my heart: how we respond to the refugee crisis will be the defining moment of our generation, like WWII was for our grandparents’ generation. Will we step up? Or will we close our eyes and bolt our doors until they go away?
For those concerned about security, the truth of the matter is most refugees can’t afford the trip to the United States. We here in the U.S. need to find creative and sustainable ways to send help to where they are. And for the fortunate ones who do make it here, we need to find a way to welcome them and integrate them into our communities, to make our home their home.
I can no longer be silent. And I can no longer just talk about it.
In the near future a few friends and I will be putting our feet where our mouths are. Stay tuned as we report back here and share where God leads us.
And if you’re involved in ministry to refugees please share your experiences here too.