We May have a Refugee Crisis, but We Have a Response Problem

I love my family.  They are my home.  So, it doesn’t matter where I go, I get to take my home with me.  We have moved a lot.  Every time, we sort through our stuff and end up donating the stuff we don’t feel like packing.  All those things we want or might want in the future, we box up and board on a truck and off we go together to start a new adventure…

from The Economist in April (http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21649465-eus-policy-maritime-refugees-has-gone-disastrously-wrong-europes-boat-people).  The issue has just continued to get worse since then.
from The Economist in April (http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21649465-eus-policy-maritime-refugees-has-gone-disastrously-wrong-europes-boat-people). The issue has just continued to get worse since then.

Contrast that to having to move.  Having to potentially separate from all members of your family.  To trust a complete stranger that they will take care of you and/or your children if you hand over what amounts to most of your life savings.  To wait for the call.  To get on board a boat with hundreds of others, which is really intended for much less.  Lie quietly on the bottom of the boat and hope the swirling seas will allow you to cross safely to the new place that is a great unknown, but cannot possibly be as bad as where you are running from.  When you get there, you don’t have any boxes to unload with your treasures and there is a solid chance you don’t have all of your family members/friends you left with (if you left with any).  It doesn’t really matter that you don’t have boxes because you have no where to unload them.  You have nothing.  You are nothing to most of the people around you.  As the number of people like you grow around you, you know your chances of reaching a future, of reaching a destination to rebuild, is dwindling if nothing changes,  if the world doesn’t change.

You have probably been seeing the images of the growing refugee crisis.  While pictures are circulating of individuals affected, the massive scale of this situation is hardly comprehensible.  

The current estimate is 11 million Syrians who have been displaced.  That is just Syrians.  There are people fleeing other countries all around the world, also.  

We cannot sit by and simply lement and reflect on what a horrible situation it is and how other countries, other people are not handling it correctly. This is a GLOBAL issue.

I can go on and on about my feelings on the topic.  Instead, I’m linking two articles that I’m hoping you will take the time to read.  I’m hoping you will join in me in reflection of how we can each help in this issue (which these articles give some concrete ways).   As the first article says, we have a Biblical mandate to act. “The Church is called for such a time as this. We are called

to help.”

Syrian Crisis: Christians Cannot Stand By and Do Nothing

Unbelievable Plight of Syrian Refugees Is Being Ignored

What these articles don’t address, though, are the many refugees that live within the United States from war and poverty torn places around the world.  How can we also help them?
I firmly believe this is a humanitarian issue, that all humanitarian issues are Christ’s issues, that any of Christ’s issues should be my issues.  So, how will I help Christ’s refugees?  (It’s a question to which I’m still figuring an answer.)

-S

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