Last time we presented an introduction to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, providing links for you to explore and learn more about the background of the Syrian War as well as the church’s role in helping those displaced by its violence. This week we look at the stories and faces that make up the mosaic of loss and uncertainty that we see on the news every night. The overwhelming flood of people and information from this disaster makes it difficult to distinguish the personal in the global, to remember that a world crisis is a human crisis. But what is vague or obscure from a distance often looks very familiar when we see it up close.
One of the greatest challenges facing the refugees is how to care for and educate their children in the midst of instability and destitution. It is a heartbreaking issue for the refugees and it is also highly relevant for our world, which may be faced with an entire generation that is ill-equipped to become productive and generous global citizens. Jesus tells us, “Therefore whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18: 4-5). We are called to seek to meet the needs of these children, and they are many.
However, we know from Scripture that the good works we do in the Lord’s name will return to us: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). Generosity, whether of resources or spirit, not only touches the lives of those we help but also enriches our walk with Christ and grows His Kingdom. In the recent Canadian wildfires, Syrian refugees settled in the area pitched in to assist, empathizing with the local residents who had lost everything. It is a poignant reminder of our shared humanity and a beautiful example of how grace breeds grace.
Proverbs tells us “a good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children” (13:22). As we go forward, let us remember that we are all God’s children and let us commit to pray for our brothers and sisters in need wherever they are. Let us leave the legacy of Christ’s love and peace to a world desperate for hope and healing.
Please click on the link below to read more stories of the refugees.