When Being The Change You Want To See In The World Feels Like A Drop In The Ocean #Wewelcomerefugees #Livebelowtheline
It’s a heartening image isn’t it – a German toddler welcoming a Syrian toddler to her nation. And some photographs, like the one of little Aylan, are plain heart wrenching. We’ve seen so many moving photographs, and while we complain about the rising cost of living in our own backyard, more than 11 million Syrians are misplaced, having fled their homeland.
‘This is a moment in history.
The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since WWII.
7.6 MILLION SYRIANS ARE DISPLACED WITHIN THE COUNTRY, AND 3.8 MILLION HAVE SOUGHT REFUGE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THE UNHCR’S LATEST FIGURES SHOW THE CRISIS IS GETTING WORSE. FAMILIES ARE MOVING NOT TO SIMPLY BETTER THEIR LIVES, BUT TO LITERALLY SAVE THEIR LIVES’.
The magnitude of this crisis is mind boggling. But when the world is in catastrophic crisis, we can choose to respond. We can be moved by the heart of God into action. When being the change you want to see in the world feels like a drop in the ocean, we just do it anyway, because the only other option is to do nothing, and that really isn’t an option at all.
How can we not move heaven and earth to let the broken in —
when heaven moved and came to earth to let us in? Ann Voskamp
For a practical list of how everyday folk like you and I can help with the greatest humanitarian crisis since WW2, go to weWelcomeRefugees.com
DO YOU OR YOUR CHURCH, WANT TO SPONSOR A REFUGEE FAMILY?
DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR VOICES TO ASK GOVERNMENTS TO WELCOME FLEEING FAMILIES?
DO YOU WANT TO WELCOME A REFUGEE FAMILY & HELP THEM GET SETTLED IN A COMMUNITY?
DO YOU WANT TO HELP WITH RESCUE EFFORTS OR SEND PACKAGES OR SUPPORT COMMUNITIES WHERE REFUGEES ARE COMING ASHORE?
DO YOU WANT TO STAND IN THE GAP AND BE A PRAYER WARRIOR? YOU CAN RECEIVE UPDATES ON HOW TO MOST EFFECTIVELY PRAY FOR THE UNFOLDING CRISIS.
What does the refugee crisis and trafficking have in common? Sadly quite a lot. Refugees are very vulnerable to being trafficked. Victims of human trafficking can be refugees, and refugees can also become victims of human trafficking. To understand more about this relationship, take a look at this UNHCR report: http://www.unhcr.org/research/RESEARCH/476652742.pdf.
Last year I completed the ‘Live Below the Line’ poverty challenge and on September 21, many New Zealanders will join in this year’s challenge, to live on $2.25 a day per person. They are great grandmothers, business people, university students, mothers, teenagers – all joining together for a ‘special purpose’. My family are going to eat what we usually eat, and I will probably live on rice and porridge for five days. However last year I used the beautiful recipe book One Helping aimed at making your dollar stretch further. All recipes are 75 cents or less per serving, and have been created by top NZ chefs. All of the profit from the sale of One Helping, goes to support TEAR Fund’s work of rehabilitating and rescuing victims of human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
And my latte fix? I rarely buy lattes, however I am fortunate to enjoy the occasional coffee out at a cafe, a privilege denied to many, in our country and in developing countries. My daily homemade latte fix is something that I am happy to sacrifice however, to ‘live below the line’ for a few days in order to raise money for the groundbreaking work that Nvader (www.nvader.org) and Tear Fund do in putting a stop to the evil of human trafficking. This is an issue that has been on my heart for some time and I have started the ‘Bridges of Grace Bloggers Network’ to blog and join other bloggers who have a passion to raise awareness about this horrifying and heartbreaking issue. It really is haunting to think of what these innocent children suffer.
I also want to put my money where my mouth and donate to Tear Fund. Furthermore, I’m asking you my friends, to consider sponsoring me to participate in this event. Every small amount helps, even if it is $5-10. I’d also like to challenge other bloggers, friends and family to take part in this worthwhile cause too.
You can donate to my profile here:http://www.livebelowtheline/me/lattegracelaced07