More than 65 million people are living as refugees around the world, forced to flee because of militants, drought, and war. An unprecedented crisis, but also an unprecedented opportunity to love our neighbors.
As I wrote about refugees in Catching the Wind, I was overwhelmed by the needs in our world. No one, I realized, can help 65 million people on their own but together we—the body of Christ—are a mighty army, fully equipped to fight evil with love. We can serve and pray together. Provide cups of water to thirsty lips. Deliver boxes of food with a friendly smile. Show refugees they’re not alone.
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your house.
Today’s crisis reminds me of the story of the wounded traveler in the Bible ignored by so many who passed by, left dying on the road. And then the Samaritan who gave time and money and resources to rescue him. An ordinary man this Samaritan, an enemy at that, offering compassion to a foreigner in desperate need of a friend.
If God has stirred in your heart the desire to help those seeking refuge, below are three resources and a video from my friend and filmmaker Tamara Park with more information about refugee care and how you can use your unique gifts to support refugees in your community.