“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Gal. 5:13-14).
As Christians, we are called to be the light of the world, to run in when others run out, to love our enemies, and to serve God by serving others. It is in our sacrificial care for the least, the last, and the lost that we show our gratitude and reverence for the life that Christ ransomed for us with His blood.
But what does that look like for such a staggeringly immense and geographically distant disaster like the Syrian Refugee Crisis? How do we wash the feet of neighbors who are 6,000 miles away?
This fall, FPC will begin organizing a response to the crisis, calling for volunteers to help spearhead the movement and lead our church in sharing Christ’s love with our brothers and sisters who have been displaced by the violence in Syria. We ask that you pray about joining this movement, asking God to show you how your unique gifts and talents may be of use to His people abroad.
In no way do we minimize the devastation and evil that has befallen the refugees, but in many ways the brokenness of Syria has given the church a wonderful opportunity to spread the gospel among people we previously could not reach. In the following article, the author asks, what if we tried to see this situation as God sees it?
What a tremendous impact that could have on our desire to get involved and our confidence in the outcome. Working within God’s plan, emboldened by uncertainty and blessed by sacrifice, our actions would answer the question “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
Please read the following article about how others in the Christian community view the crisis, and how they’re working to help:
There are also copies of the most recent publication from Voice of the Martyrs in the Loft with several powerful articles on the crisis.
As you pray over the refugees and FPC’s response to the crisis, please consider the following information:
You may also use this prayer guide to help lift up the refugees and their needs: